Annual Cover Crops

Build your Soil

Cover Crop Solution Chart

  • Fix large amounts of nitrogen.
  • Produce substantial yields of organic matter.
  • Choke out weeds and provide nectar for beneficial insects.
  • If desired, plant them with grains (oats, barley, or rye) which support upright vining growth and act as a nurse crop.
  • In most areas, vetches need to establish early and should be seeded at the beginning of fall.
  • Easier to turn under if mowed or weed-whipped first.

Fall or Spring planted cover crops are especially easy to add to your rotation because they make maximum use of Winter and Spring rains and reach their peak before field or garden space is needed for warm weather crops. Or plant in late Spring, and till in in the Summer. If you have time and space, or are rotating crops, it's a great way to put your soil in rehab.

Most clovers are low growing, attract beneficials such as bees (if allowed to bloom), are great for erosion control, and are good competitors against weeds. Will come back in subsequent years if allowed to go to seed.

Request a Competitive Cover Crop Custom Quote