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.
What types of soils can cover crops grow in?
Cover crops can grow in all kinds of soils.
As an example, our most popular clover, FIXatioN Balansa Clover, can tolerate poorly drained soils with moderate salinity. It prefers soils with pH ranging from 4.5 - 8.0.
To determine what works best for your type of soil (i.e. loamy, sandy, silty, etc), consult your local Extension or NRCS Office.
How do your terminate cover crops?
Producers can terminate cover crops in several ways.
The most common are using commercially available herbicides, however many organic farms use mechanical methods, like rollers or crimpers to terminate cover crops before flowering.
What works best for your farm will depend on your comfort level and available equipment.
Can you use cover crops for lawns?
Absolutely, cover crops like red clover can be seeded into existing lawns to provide you with additional benefits including weed suppression.
Choosing the right cover crop will depend on your region, climate, and goals.