Cover crops maintain and improve soil health. They prevent soil erosion and increase organic matter, improving micro- biotic activity, soil structure, and water infiltration rates. Cover crops also aid in nutrient cycling, reduce soil temperature fluctuations, provide habitat for beneficial insects, and suppress weed populations.
Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Cover crops are pivotal parts of every organic farmer’s management scheme. They are crucial to the main goals of building soil health and preventing soil erosion. Cover crops are also important tools for increasing fertility and controlling weeds, pathogens, and insects in organic crops. In this publication, we will discuss planting, growing, and incorporating cover crops as amendments into the soil. Our discussion will include the following topics:
North Carolina State University