Cover crops can provide many benefits and interest in them has been growing in recent years. They protect the soil from erosion, add organic matter, stimulate soil life, provide nitrogen, scavenge or retain nitrogen, reduce compaction and improve water holding capacity and infiltration. Including a cover crop after winter wheat is the easiest way to start including cover crops in most typical field crop rotations. Red clover establishment in winter wheat has been variable in recent years; many farmers end up with a poor stand of red clover after wheat harvest, while others have abandoned the practice all together. There is still a desire to reap some of the benefits of red clover so farmers are looking to other cover crops to provide some or all of the benefits. There are a number of different cover crops options to choose from.

Read the entire report here: Evaluating Cover Crop Options after Winter Wheat and in Standing Corn