Species and Varieties

Information on choosing the best species and varieties of cover crops, including corn, soybeans and rye. Tips on legal considerations in seed use and extending the grazing season using brassicas.

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The Penn State Agronomy Guide
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The Agronomy Guide provides comprehensive information on crop, soil, and pest management for farms of all sizes. More
Cover crops of rye or wheat established after corn or soybean grain harvest can still provide excellent soil protection in spring, recycle nutrients, and improve soil
There is Still Time to Plant Cover Crops - Articles Articles

There is Still Time to Plant Cover Crops

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Getting cover crops established after corn or soybeans can be especially challenging due to delayed harvests. Nonetheless, farmers should still plant cover crops for many reasons. More
No-till wheat in corn residue
Small Grain Planting Considerations - Articles Articles

Small Grain Planting Considerations

Delbert G. Voight, Jr

Did wet weather delay your wheat planting? Here are some tips that might assist you with your planting decisions. More
Oats. Photo: E. Swackhamer
Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Planting a soil building cover crop after small grain harvest has many benefits, but needs to be tailored to your farm’s needs. More
See planting green in action at these field days.
Planting Green Field Day - Workshops Workshops
See how planting into rolled cover crops can improve soil health and learn how it can be done on your farm. More
Cover Crops: Key to Healthy Soils
Cover Crops: Key to Healthy Soils - Videos Videos

Cover Crops: Key to Healthy Soils

Jeffrey S Graybill


Cover crops are an essential component of a sustainable farming system. Learn how farmers are using them to protect and build up the soil. More
Crops Days
Crops Days - Workshops Workshops

Crops Days


Meadville, PA

Learn about the newest innovations for the coming season and get information on the latest agronomic research, products, and technology! More
Photo credit: Jessica Williamson
Extending the Grazing Season Using Brassicas - News News
Brassicas can be an excellent alternative to perennial pastures and a good option available to extend the grazing season longer into the fall. More
Photo credit: Kelly Patches
Cover Crop Species to Plant Mid-September - News News
Cover crops are an important component of any cropping system. Selecting the right species for the time of year is a first step to success. More
Two of the most popular cover crops, crimson clover and cereal rye, grow together in a mix to help build soil health and control weeds. Photo credit: Annie Klodd.
Cover Crops Success is Encouraging to Farmers Nationwide - News News
Cover crop acreage is expected to rise across the U.S. due to the success of the practice mainly in improving soil health and other aspects of crop production. More
Figure 5. Alternating row configuration is one strategy to manage competition between species in a mixture. Here forage radish alternates with Austrian winter pea.
Making the Most of Mixtures: Considerations for Winter Cover Crops - Articles Articles
This article discusses tailoring a cover crop mixture, building a complementary mix, determining which species to use, methods to establish mixtures, and considerations when terminating mixtures. More
2016-2017 Short-lived Grass and Cover Crops Trial
2016-2017 Short-lived Grass and Cover Crops Trial - Articles Articles
Results of the Penn State 2016-2017 Short-lived Grass and Cover Crops Trial located at the Penn State Agronomy Farm, Centre County. More
Understanding seed legal issues is critical to avoid legal problems.
Legal Considerations in Seed Use - News News
Understanding Legal Protections and Potential Liabilities Associated with Seed Use in Pennsylvania. More
Oats as a cover crop have a high C:N ratio. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer
Farm-Tuning Soil Fertility With Cover Crop Mixtures - Articles Articles
Cover crops are important for recycling nitrogen and building long-term soil nitrogen reserves in soil organic matter (SOM). More
Dwarf BMR Forage Sorghum, Annual ryegrass, Crimson Clover and Radishes seeded late July 2013 after Sweet corn. Mixture was green chopped for cattle feed in September. Remaining annual ryegrass and crimson clover over wintered and was burned down in April.
What Cover Crop Should I Plant? - Articles Articles

What Cover Crop Should I Plant?

Andrew Frankenfield

Keep your goals in mind when selecting cover crops and cover crop mixtures. More
Photo credit: Steve Culman
Managing Soils - Articles Articles
The goal of good soil management is to meet essential plant needs for water, nutrients, oxygen, and a medium to hold their roots with as little management as possible. More