Publication Date

2015 12:00 AM

Description

Cover crops are plants seeded into agricultural fields, either within or outside of the regular growing season, with the primary purpose of improving or maintaining ecosystem quality (Midwest Cover Crops Council website definition). Recognition of the many benefits and on-farm use of cover crops is increasing across the Upper Midwest. A number of cover crops, particularly small grains, annual grasses, legumes and brassicas can also provide significant forage value in an integrated crop/ livestock production system when utilized as annual pasture and/or harvested forage resources for livestock production.

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Optimizing forage and pasture resources with annual crops

Cover crops are plants seeded into agricultural fields, either within or outside of the regular growing season, with the primary purpose of improving or maintaining ecosystem quality (Midwest Cover Crops Council website definition). Recognition of the many benefits and on-farm use of cover crops is increasing across the Upper Midwest. A number of cover crops, particularly small grains, annual grasses, legumes and brassicas can also provide significant forage value in an integrated crop/ livestock production system when utilized as annual pasture and/or harvested forage resources for livestock production.