March 10, 2020 | By Rupp Seeds
Your nutrient management plan can benefit by planting a cover crop. Cover crops can help build reserves of nitrogen, the can scavenge nutrients from soil, and help to minimize nutrient losses from leaching or runoff. Cereal grains or grasses are generally recommended if the cover crop is planted to capture residual nitrogen from the soil profile. This capture contributes to the accumulation or maintenance of soil nitrogen. Grasses can recycle existing soil nitrogen and other nutrients and reduce leaching losses. They can prevent nitrates from reaching nearby streams and rivers by scavenging and holding onto nitrates in the soil. Grass cover crops also help to retain phosphorus in the soil by reducing soil erosion.
Learn more about the benefits and purposes of cover crops and how to select the best ones for your operation in this issue of SeedScoop.How Can Cover Crops Benefit My Nutrient Management Plan