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Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers

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Deciding which cover crop to use

This is an online tool to help you quickly narrow the choices of cover crop for your situation. In a few seconds, you will have growing instructions for the cover crop that will do the job you need. This tool is based on
 Management Goal: the reason you need a cover crop
 Planting Time: when you have a chance to plant
 Duration: how long it can stay in the field until you need to plant your next crop

  1. Choose one or more criteria, and click Submit.
  2. Choose the suggestions that best fit your situation.
  3. Click on the name of the cover crop to get precise growing instructions.

Cover Crop Decision Tool

Management Goal Planting Time Duration  

If you get no hits, then there is not a good cover crop for the combination you selected. Try different criteria.

This tool is designed for the soil, climate, cropping practices and seed market in New York. It is probably useful in adjacent states and provinces as well. However, even slightly different timing of cash crop sowing or harvest can change the opportunity to use particular cover crops.