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.
If you are planning to buy cover crop seed, it is important that you do so quickly or there might not be any available. More
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 how planting into rolled cover crops can improve soil health and learn how it can be done on your farm. More
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
Free field day and presentation for conventional and organic growers. Information on cover crop utilization and what we learned with cover crop research in field and vegetable cropping systems. More
Brassicas can be an excellent alternative to perennial pastures and a good option available to extend the grazing season longer into the fall. More
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
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
Charles White, Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D.
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
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 Legal Protections and Potential Liabilities Associated with Seed Use in Pennsylvania. More
Precut rye straw is a good alternative to conventional small grain straw since it is made in late spring and many crops can be planted after it's harvest. More
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
Denise M. Finney, Ph.D.
Cover crops are important for recycling nitrogen and building long-term soil nitrogen reserves in soil organic matter (SOM). More
Keep your goals in mind when selecting cover crops and cover crop mixtures. More
Guides and Publications
The Agronomy Guide provides comprehensive information on crop, soil, and pest management for farms of all sizes. More