Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil and Water Quality

As rain events increase in intensity in some areas and decrease in frequency in others, improving soil quality in ways that reduce erosion and increase water retention will yield increasingly important outcomes. Installing cover crops is one way to achieve those objectives. Doing so also boasts the co-benefits of reducing nutrient and sediment loss, enhancing water quality. Further, integrating cover crops into crop systems reduces the need to till which in turn, increases soil organic carbon and contributes to forming soil organic matter along with nitrogen. Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil and Water Quality provides an explanation of cover crops as well as an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of introducing them on working agricultural lands.