With Cover Crops, Pin Down Your Objective First

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

Corn harvest is in full swing across Louisiana, and soybean harvest has begun on a limited basis. As we move into the fall months, 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 alleviate hardpans, etc.