Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Cover Crops

  • Cover Crop Decision Tools
    The Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC) Cover Crop Decision Tools are web-based systems to assist farmers in selecting cover crops to include in field crop and vegetable rotations.

  • Cover Crop Links
    Links to the USDA Soil Quality Institute and Agricultural Research Service, NRCS publications, ATTRA publications, video presentations, as well as other websites for cover crops

  • Cover Crop Publications
    Books, peer reviewed scientific publications, popular press articles, and other publications

  • Cover Crop Species
    Midwest Cover Crops Council publication

  • Cover Crop Webinars
    Collection of cover crop webinars posted by the Midwest Cover Crops Council.

  • Cover Crops: Directory of Businesses 2013
    Guide to businesses that supply seed and services to establish and manage cover crops in Illinois. Compiled by Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

  • Extension Material - Bulletins and Fact Sheets
    Listing of publications from Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Extension, University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University, The Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Purdue University, University of Illinois Extension, and Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture.

  • Illinois Department of Agriculture Cover Crops Network

  • Managing Cover Crops Profitably
    2007. Book published by the Sustainable Agriculture Network(SAN) under cooperative agreements with the Cooperative State Research, Education , and Extension Service, USDA, the University of Maryland and the University of Vermont.

  • Manure Slurry Seeding of Cover Crops
    In late 2009, a team of researchers and educators from Michigan State University and Purdue University, lead by Dr. Tim Harrigan, was awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant by the Natural Resources Conservation Service to demonstrate a new, no-till compatible manure application and cover crop establishment method--manure slurry seeding-- which was first developed at MSU. This site will give goals, objectives, publications and videos on the project. Compiled by the Midwest Cover Crops council and funded by NRCS.

  • Midwest Cover Crops Council Website
    The goal of the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) is to facilitate widespread adoption of cover crops throughout the Midwest, to improve ecological, economic, and social sustainability.

  • Using Cover Crop Mixtures to Achieve Multiple Goals on the Farm - WEBINAR
    The presenters will discuss the use of cover crop “cocktails” or mixtures to achieve multiple goals on the farm, including weed suppression, nitrogen scavenging, nitrogen provisioning, and attracting beneficial insects and pollinators. Results from a study of winter cover crops in a grain and forage research project at the Penn State Rock Springs Research Farm and from several Pennsylvania farms will be shown. We will also review issues of cover crop timing, termination, and general management to aid in farmer insight and adoption of cover crop mixes.