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Cover Crops-Training for Arkansas Producers 

The cover crop vegetable production in-service training provides agents with the tools necessary to teach the public more about cover crops. The training includes a wide variety of topics ranging from why we use cover crops, how to select and manage, and implementing into different vegetable systems. The training materials below can be used to train growers and the public on the basics of cover crops. Training materials include: powerpoint presentations, videos and fact sheets. 

Special thank you to the Southern SARE Professional Development Program Grant for funding this training. 

 

Getting Started

The following presentations provide a basic overview of cover crops and how to make the best decisions for your situation. These include selecting a cover crop, establishment, and termination. Each presentation is provided in the following formats: PDF and PowerPoint (coming soon: a pre-recorded presentation on YouTube).

 

Benefits

The following presentations further discuss the benefits of cover crops, such as providing nitrogen credits and pest management, and how to best utilize these benefits. Each presentation is provided in the following formats: PDF and PowerPoint (coming soon: a pre-recorded presentation on YouTube).

 

Application

The following presentations guide you through the process of incorporating cover crops into a vegetable cropping system as well as providing examples from research conducted in Arkansas and the Southeastern U.S. Each presentation is provided in the following formats: PDF and PowerPoint (coming soon: a pre-recorded presentation on YouTube).

  • Cover Crops in Vegetable Systems, Part I: PDF,PowerPoint, Recording

  • Cover Crops in Vegetable Systems, Part II: PDF, PowerPoint, Recording

Additional Resources

Books

 cover for managing cover crops proficiently book, composed of a collage of different cover crops and a woman holding two large turnips in her hands

Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd ed.

"In this tool chest you will find helpful maps and charts, detailed narratives about individual cover crop species, chapters about specific aspects of
cover cropping and extensive appendices that will lead you to even more information."

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)

cover for building soils for better crops book, a collage of photos of crops, cattle, soil and farm equipment

Building Soils for Better Crops, 3rd ed.

"A practical guide to ecological soil management that
provides background information as well as details of
soil-improving practices."

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)

Publications


University of Arkansa Department of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System Logo

 

 

 

FSA 2156: Understanding Cover Crops 

This fachsheet provides a basic overview of cover crops that are commonly grown in Arkansas.

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop rotations, below title are three pictures: one of a tillage radish, one of sun hemb and one of a researcher sitting in a cover crop field

Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations

"An introduction to many of the benefits of growing cover crops. This bulletin is a companion to SARE’s Cover Crop Topic Room, an
online collection of select, mostly
SARE-based resources on cover
crops." (Find link under Related Links)

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)

cover for crop rotation on organic farms manual

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual

“The purpose of this book is to help growers and farm advisors understand the management of crop
rotations; avoid crop rotation problems; and use crop rotation to build better soil, control pests, and develop
profitable farms that support
satisfied families.”

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)

Media

Cover crop chart that is color coded by types and divided up into the different seasons

Cover Crop Chart (v. 3.0)

"Designed to assist producers with decisions on the use of cover crops in crop and forage production systems. Information on growth cycle, relative water use, plant architecture, seeding depth, forage quality, pollination characteristics, and nutrient cycling are included for most crop species."

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Photo of a man with the title "How Do You Select Cover Crops?" floating to the right of him

Interview with Adam Chappell of Chappell Farm in Cotton Plant, AR

 

Photo of red clover with insects on it and a title floating above that reads "Why Cover Crops?"

Introduction to Cover Crops Video Series

  
  

  

 

 

 

 

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