This story first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of Soybean Business, the magazine of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. This article comes from the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, which has invested soybean checkoff money into the development and research of cover crops in Minnesota. Click here to read more articles from Soybean Business.
With environmental concerns, including soil conservation and health on the rise, the use of cover crops has been catching the attention of researchers and farmers in Minnesota. Nutrient loss, soil erosion, weed and pest control have been ongoing concerns for crop farmers.
Even though cover crops are not a cure-all for these issues, their implementation can be seen as a tool to move in the right direction toward long-term benefits. Read more