Montana State University: Producers Who Grow Cover Crops Cite Soil Health as Main Reason

According to MSU researchers, producers throughout the state grow cover crops primarily for their benefits to soil health. These findings come from a recent survey that looked at how ag producers’ manage cover crops.

The survey was led by researchers including Clain Jones, Perry Miller and Cathy Zabinski. In addition to soil-health considerations, the study has revealed that forage is also an important rationale for cover crops for many producers. 30% of surveyed producers cite grazing as one of the reasons they plant cover crops.

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