Cover crops provide a wide range of benefits including, improved soil infiltration, reduced erosion, increased soil organic matter, enhanced soil biology, and improved habitat for wildlife. The Fox Demo Farms Network is working with our producers to identify the realized benefits and the feasibility of having permanent soil cover of in northeast Wisconsin (Image 1).
- Permanent soil cover is defined as having year-round cover either in the form of residue mulch, which is naturally decomposed by microbes in the soil, or cover crops, which are either interseeded or planted late in the season.
Benefits of Cover Crops
Check out this video demonstrating what cover crops can do for soil health and water quality.
Two fields at Wiese Brothers Farms, one with cover crops and one without…notice the difference in surface water clarity. Cover crops help keep sediment on the field and working for you, rather than in our waterways.