A recent article from Corn Agronomy discusses the difficulty that can come with finding the right cover crop. Did you know that both corn and soybeans are considered options for cover crops in the state of Wisconsin?
A cover crop is designed to protect soil from erosion (wind and water), improve water quality by protecting nutrients and suppress weeds, among other things. When evaluating what cover crop is best for each farmer’s unique situation, aspects like equipment and cost need to be factored into the decision. Before any decisions are made regarding which cover crop to move forward with, it is crucial to consult your crop insurance agent and it is discouraged to make decisions without their input.
There are many practices that can influence the outcome of your cover crop, especially if they differ from current on-farm production practices. If you have yet to make a choice about what cover crop would be most beneficial, make sure to consider corn and soybeans as viable options.
Check out these additional resources to learn more best practices for using corn and soybeans as cover crops: