cover crops

Cover Crops That Take the Heat

Dan Field Crops, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) in the Southeast are gathering data on different types of cover crops that landowners can use during the summer months. Many of us may think of cover crops as being planted after a cash crop is harvested in the fall. But there are some cash crops harvested in the spring, …


Southern Cover Crops Council Conference

Dan Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Industry

Farmers across the Southeast are encouraged to take part in the 2nd Southern Cover Crop Conference, July 16-17 in Auburn, Alabama. The event, hosted by the Southern Cover Crop Council, will be a good educational and networking experience for farmers and service providers. There will be many farmer speakers, equipment demos, and even lunch is provided. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service …

A tractor rolls a rye cover crop and plants cotton seeds at the same time. (Photo by Ted Kornecki.)

Saving Costs with Cover Crops

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

Cotton farmers in Alabama who use cover crops have a new, cost-cutting option. They can kill their cover crops and plant their cotton in the same pass through a field, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Cover crops are gaining in popularity because they suppress weeds and help retain moisture and nutrients. Farmers typically plant cover crops in the …