Cover Crop And Cover Graze

Johnston Seed Company has been serving agriculture since 1893. We have the experience and knowledge to help producers get the most out of their cover crop alternatives and can fulfill the producers needs with proven components.

Benefits of Cover Crops

    Today's ag producers are faced with new challenges every day. The use of cover crops can be an important management tool for addressing pressing issues such as soil erosion, nutrient runoff and moisture conservation. Wind and rain erosion are major challenges facing today's producers. Cover crops provide valuable cover to substantially reduce soil erosion. They also provide a great deal of organic matter which aids in soil quality improvement. The biodegradation of organic matter provides both microbial activity and helps increase available nitrogen for subsequent crops, especially when legumes are included in the cover crop mix. Cover crops help "canopy" the soil, helping to reduce weed pressure. In turn, these crops can also provide valuable forage for livestock as well as a cover and/or forage for wildlife. With their rapidly gaining popularity, cover crops can provide many benefits for producers including:

  • Reduced Erosion by Wind/Water
  • Improved Soil Quality- Reduced Compaction, Better Tilth
  • Increased Organic Matter
  • Increased Nitrogen Availability
  • Trapping and Recycling of Nitrogen and Key Nutrients
  • Weed Suppression
  • Forage for Livestock/Wildlife

USDA Cover Crops to Improve Soils Literature