Mixed Cover Crops Found to Sequester More Carbon

Long-term cover crop research at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center revealed that mixed-species cover crops containing a legume, a grass, and a brassica were better at increasing soil carbon than cover crops of a single species. The mixed cover crops increased both plant-available short-term soil carbon and long-term, mineral-bonded sequestered soil carbon, meaning that they are better for both soil health and the environment.