Cover Crops Project
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement. Cover crops, which can include grasses, legumes, and forbs are used primarily for erosion control, soil health improvement, water quality improvement, and other conservation purposes.
Virtual Farm Tours & Live Presentations
Featured MMPA farms:
- Gratiot County Farm: Wheat and oats cover crop with fall manure injected after corn silage to prevent erosion prior to sugar beets. Farmer designed air seeder for cover crop seeding.
- Saginaw County Farm: Cereal rye cover crop with spring manure terminated with tillage to build soil and protect a nearby stream.
- Mecosta County Farm: Cereal rye cover crop planted with spreader and tilled with spring manure application followed by tillage to build soil and fertility and prevent nutrient loss.
- Ionia County Farm: Mixture of triticale, winter peas and tillage radish following manure application in the fall for forage harvest in the spring prior to corn silage.
- Clinton County Farm: Fall planted triticale for spring forage followed by sorghum-sudangrass for summer forage prior to going to alfalfa to support forage needs and provide multiple opportunities for manure application.
- Tuscola County Farm: Seven species cover crop mixture harvested in the fall and spring with manure application between harvests to prevent nutrient losses and contribute to forage requirements.
MMPA Cover Crop Project Presentation
- Learn more about the program and how to participate.
Live presentations from MMPA project sponsors and partners
- Corn Marketing Program of Michigan
- Your questions will be answered by a panel of farmers; representatives from MMPA, Barry-Callebaut, Unilever, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan; and Michigan State University Extension Educators.