South Dakota Producers Find Profitability in Cover Crops

Researchers at South Dakota State University surveyed producers in the eastern part of the state about their perceptions and use of cover crops. Of the 708 South Dakota producers who responded to the survey, more than 80% expressed interest in adopting cover crops in the future, including those who did not use them. More than 40% of the survey respondents planted cover crops. Furthermore, the percentage of cover crop users reporting a profit of 5% or more increases as the number of years of cover crop usage increases. Moreover, those who use cover crops for grazing are more likely to view them as increasing their profitability. A majority of the farmers who use cover crops have also adopted no-till or reduced tillage practices.