Cover Crops: A Key Tool in the Sustainability Toolbox

Welcome to the Northeast Cover Crops Council website.

Here, you can find out more about how to integrate cover crops into your sustainability toolbox.

Cover crops are non-cash crop plants that are grown to improve the sustainability of cropping systems.

Cover crops provide environmental and economic benefits such as decreased soil erosion, uptake of residual soil nutrients, improved soil quality (e.g., increased water holding capacity and decreased compaction), habitat for beneficial organisms, and weed suppression.

It is the goal of the Northeast Cover Crops Council to encourage cover crop adoption and assist farmers in maximizing the benefits accrued through cover crop use.