Cover crops are plants grown in agricultural fields to increase system sustainability and maintain or improve productivity. Increasing the biodiversity of cropping systems and keeping the ground covered can lead to benefits such as nutrient recycling, erosion reduction, soil building, pest mitigation, etc. MSU is dedicated to understanding how cover crops best function and enhance various production systems through innovative research and extension efforts.
MSU Cover Crop Team information. Contact any of the folks on this list if you have questions about using cover crops.
Cover Crop Field Walk date changes! See our schedule of events to see the changes.
**The new MSUE Cover Crop Termination factsheet detailing winter kill, mechanical methods, and herbicide options is now available. This is the first in a series of planned cover crop factsheets**
Published on April 26, 2018
Access cover crop information from your cellphone or tablet using the Midwest Cover Crops Field Scout mobile app.
Published on April 25, 2018
The third field walk of the season in Hillman, Michigan, will focus on fitting cover crops into a northern Michigan rotation.
Published on April 23, 2018
Michigan State University Extension staff continues to explore cover crop specie options that grow well in northern climates.