Cover Crops Good Option for Prevented-Planting Fields
USDA reminds farmers that cover crops can be planted on fields where they were prevented from planting a cash crop. USDA’s Prevented or Delayed Planting website explains: “Many fields that are saturated for a long time face a loss of soil organisms. Cover crop roots re-establish soil health and create pathways for air and water to move through the soil. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service provides technical and financial assistance to help farmers plant cover crops.” The fact sheet Cover Crops and Prevented Planting is available online in PDF. Meanwhile, North Dakota State University Extension suggests that cover crops can help fields that weren’t planted this year be ready for next year’s planting. Cover crops can help use up extra soil moisture, prevent erosion, and condition soil for next year.