Cover Crops

Cover crops are making a huge comeback as more people rediscover the ways these plants can create healthy soils.
Common Name Scientific Name Precipitation Planting Rate Sun/Shade Tolerance Bloom Color
Buckwheat Fagopyrum esculentum 12" - 15" Minimum 40 - 60 #/ac drilled, 70 - 100#/ac broadcast. 1 - Very Sunny
Chickling Vetch Lathyrus sativus 15" - 20" 50-60 lbs / acre or 2 lbs / 1500 sq ft. 1 - Very Sunny
Cowpeas Vigna unguiculata 11" - 16" 65#/acre or 1.5 lbs per 1000 sq ft 1 - Very Sunny
Flax Linum usitatissimum 15" Minimum, medium drought tolerance 55# acre or 1#/1000 sq ft 1 - Very Sunny
Forage Collards Brassica oleracea 15" - 20" 8-12 lbs/acre or 1 lb/1000 sq ft 2 - Both
Forage Radishes Raphanus sativus Not drought tolerantn needs supplemental moisture 8 - 15#ac monostand, 2-7#/acre in mixes 1 - Very Sunny
Lentils Lens culinaris 10"+ 20 - 40 lbs/ac, .5 lbs/1000 sq ft 2 - Both
Phacelia Phacelia tanacetifolia 14" Minimum 8# drilled, 1 - 2# in mixes 1 - Very Sunny
Soybean Glycine max Ex. 7-10" annually 50 lbs / acre or 2-3 lbs/1000 sq ft 1 - Very Sunny
Yellow Mustard Sinapis alba 7-10" annually 10-15#/ac or .5#/1000 sq ft 1 - Very Sunny
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