Extension Outdoors Sow Winter Cover Crops and Reap Improved Soil

No matter what type of farmer you consider yourself to be, a gardener or a large agricultural producer, the soil is just as important to your crops as water and sunshine. A cover crop is a way to reduce the soil erosion and increase the soil organic matter content. However, some other cover crops have more benefits. There are four steps to getting the most out of your cover crops according to the University of Mississippi Extension Service/Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture. The first step is selection. Identify your goals and choose the correct amount of cover crops. The second step is planting. Prepare your seedbed and plant your crops. Third, you must maintain the area planted with cover crops. Finally, terminate the cover crops you have planted.

 

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