Cover crops have gained interest in recent years as a possible best-practice for many farmers. Still, they remain planted on a minority of U.S. row crop acres. Many farmers are still interested in learning more about how to fold this production practice into their operation – and more importantly, how to do so mistake-free.

A new mobile-friendly publication series from Purdue Extension hopes to put some of these worries to rest by giving farmers easily accessible information on cover crops delivered right to their smartphones.

"The mobile device is now an essential part of agricultural production," said Ron Turco, professor of agronomy and head of the project. "Commodity prices, weather updates and critical information are now available wherever you need it. Indiana's farming community will soon also have ready access to Purdue's best production information." 

Topics include:

  • Cover crop benefits
  • How to select appropriate covers
  • Common seeding methods
  • How to terminate cover crops
  • A two-year plan for corn-soybean rotation
  • Checklist for cover crop integration
  • And much more

These publications constitute the first installment of Purdue University’s Indiana Soil and Water series. The intent is to give farmers easy-to-use tools and information on soil, water and nutrient management. It is tailored to Indiana growing conditions, although farmers in other states will find much of the information useful.

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