Cover Crop

A cover crop is a crop planted primarily to manage soil fertility, soil quality, water, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife in an agroecosystem (Lu et al. 2000), an ecological system managed and largely shaped by humans across a range of intensities to produce food, feed, or fiber.

Cover crops are of interest in sustainable agriculture as many of them improve the sustainability of agroecosystem attributes and may also indirectly improve qualities of neighboring natural ecosystems. Farmers choose to grow and manage specific cover crop types based on their own needs and goals, influenced by the biological, environmental, social, cultural, and economic factors of the food system within which farmers operate (Snapp et al. 2005).

Read more about Cover CropSoil Fertility Management, Soil Quality Management, Water Management, Weed Management, Disease Management, Pest Management, Diversity and Wildlife

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Cover Crop - Diversity and Wildlife
... Although cover crops are normally used to serve one of the above discussed purposes, they often simultaneously improve farm habitat for wildlife ... The use of cover crops adds at least one more dimension of plant diversity to a cash crop rotation ... Since the cover crop is typically not a crop of value, its management is usually less intensive, providing a window of “soft” human influence on the farm ...

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