Planting into Living Cover Crops Could Help in Wet Springs

Penn State researchers say that “planting green,” or planting into living cover crops, could help farmers prevent soil erosion, reduce nutrient loss, avoid planting delays, and even experience less damage from crop pests. To use this strategy, farmers plant into a living cover crop that is typically terminated using herbicide. In a three-year study, researchers found that the practice appeared to benefit soybeans more than corn. The corn populations were reduced at some sites due to cooler soils and pest damage; soybean yields were not affected.