Winter Cover Crops: Planning for Cover Crop Success

By Josh Copes, James Hendrix, Lisa Fultz, Syam Dodla, and Naveen Adusumilli, LSU AgCenter

Crop harvest is in full swing across most of Louisiana. As we move into October, now is the time to begin planning your winter cover crop management strategy. Cover crops are used for several purposes including: protecting soil from erosion, improving soil structure, scavenging and cycling of soil nutrients, increasing organic matter, helping to alleviate hardpans, etc.

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