Cover Crop Benefits
Normally producers plant cover crops after the main crop is off:“but they can also be planted on fields where farmers were prevented from planning a cash crop like we're seeing across many parts of the country this year.” And this year there are financial benefits maybe to putting a cover crop in. First the rules for haying and grazing on those cover crop acres have been changed this year so that you can do that two months earlier than normal, starting September 1st not November 1st.
This will at least help what is developing into a shortage of hay across the country also. Secretary Northey says if he couldn't plant your crops this year. But if you have cover crops you may be eligible for minimal payments under the new trade assistance package. And of course farmers can apply for the USDA equip program to get some help in paying the costs of putting cover crops in Lower says Cover crops are good for the soil particularly this season.
Field set are saturated for a longtime face a lot of challenges including a loss of soil organisms and cover crops can really help reestablish the soil health and career pathways for air and water to move through the soil. So it's many positive functions not just for Soil Health but financially as well.