Are there any government programs for cover crops?
Yes. Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for the Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), a premium benefit from USDA if they planted cover crops during the year.
This program reduces overall premium bills and helps producers maintain cover crop systems.
Do you harvest cover crops?
Cover crops are not normally harvested, but instead can be rolled or sprayed with herbicides to armor the soil with residue that feeds soil microorganisms.
This in turn replenishes nutrients in the soil that is available for cash crops.
What are some disadvantages of cover crops?
Cover crops are a plant, which requires water, fertilization, sunlight, and more. They can in turn compete with cash crops for available nutrients.
It's important to test cover crops on a test plot before applying them to large acreages, as well as following recommended maintenance schedules including termination and more.
To get a better understanding of cover crops, we recommend downloading our free book to understand various types of cover crops including recommendations from leaders in cover crops.
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