Welcome to a comprehensive resource for cover cropping in the Northeast!
Welcome! Find out more about how to integrate cover crops into your sustainability toolbox.
Cover crops are are grown to improve the sustainability of cropping systems. They 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. Our goal is to encourage cover crop adoption and assist farmers in maximizing the benefits accrued through cover crop use.
Take a look at an integrated decision tool to assist farmers in Northeastern states with cover crop species selection. Access cover crop recommendations tailored to your cropping system goals and constraints.
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NECCC News and Events
University of Maine Winter Soil Workshop Series – Cover Cropping for Nutrient Management
This workshop will be held at the UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine OR online via Zoom. Free to attend but please register.Learn More
NYCO Field Crops and Dairy Farmer to Farmer Meetings
This annual NYCO event in Geneva, NY brings together local farmers to make connections and build relationships that help them succeed. An informal potluck lunch is the centerpiece of the […]Learn More
Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention
The 2024 Mid-Atlantic Convention at the Hershey Lodge in Lancaster, Pennsylvania promises to be another exceptional grower gathering. They will be joined by the North American Strawberry Growers Association! Registration […]Learn More
Cover Crop Videos
Cover crop planting is essential to my farm to provide nutrient cycling and to promote soil health.
Every field has a unique set of challenges based on the topography, management system, micro-climate, and crop rotation. Using a system of conservation practices just as unique as the field characteristics can help achieve conservation objectives. Cover crops are one of the many tools we use to achieve these objectives, but they are perhaps the most customizable and adaptable tool we can use.
Armoring the soil and providing an ecosystem below our feet is of utmost importance as we face challenging growing conditions.
Building healthy soils requires living roots — all season long!
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