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Cover crops have increased use over recent years to assist crop farmers to capture soil nutrients, protect soil, preserve moisture and generally improve soil health. Many cover crops are grown during
Some cover crops are grown to specifically aid in
Other cover crops may be planted with intentions of improving soil structure in no-till systems. Especially on clay soils, crops such as oilseed radish, turnips, soybeans and field peas have the ability to break compaction and prepare soil for a more favorable
Grazing of cover crops appears to provide greater soil improvement benefits than harvesting forages as a stored feed. Harvesting forages as hay or silage removes organic matter that could potentially remain of the field and be incorporated back into the soil. The point isn’t to indicate that harvesting forages
Grazing or harvesting cover crops offers livestock producers the opportunity to capture highly digestible nutrients for their animals and provides benefits to the soil in their cropping systems.
Source: Frank Wardynski, Michigan State University
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