President’s Note: Cover Crops

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The Kerr Center has used and promoted cover crops for years. Cover crops protect the soil from erosion, add organic matter, enhance soil microbial activity, attract pollinators and beneficial insects, and reduce weeds.

As you can see, there are many benefits to cover crops. You can select cover crops for winter or summer. A mix of cover crops can be beneficial.

Make sure you have the correct equipment to cut/till in a cover crop. Some can grow a tremendous about of biomass and can be difficult to incorporate into the soil. Several internet-based resources have been developed that help with cover crop selection. The Kerr Center also has some documents on cover crops, including:

Additional online resources include:

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