The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 19, 2013

Cover Crops Keeps Soil & Nutrients in Place

The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — As farmers take off their corn for silage, they should keep cover crops in mind.

Cover crops help farmers do many things. They keep the soil in place from the autumn rains, winter snows and spring showers. Cover crops also trap manure and fertilizer nutrients from leaching away and entering groundwater aquifers. They also improve soil health and soil structure. Legume cover crops can supply nitrogen for the next crop. Other advantages include: reduce soil compaction; build soil organic matter, and improve weed control of winter annual weeds.

For more information about cover crop selections, mixtures and rates, go to the Penn State Agronomy Guide or contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension at (570) 966-8194 or (800) 851-9710.