Cover Crop Management

Looking for an innovative way to boost soil health and fertility on your farm? Cover cropping is for you! Cover crops are used to build soil fertility and organic matter, keep soil in place, and manage compaction, field moisture, weeds, pests and disease. Contact our farm team to lean how we're collaborating with and supporting farmers to apply the latest cover crop research to our regional farming systems. Below are links to our favorite technical guides and regional cover crop initiatives-- see our farm publications resource page to access a more extensive list!

COVER CROP RESOURCES

Regional Cover Crop Resources

WSU

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

General Cover Crop Resources

  • SARE Cover Crops Topic Room - an exhaustive resource for all things cover crop-- publications, project summaries and producer videos are just some of the many resources accessible through this site!
  • Managing Cover Crops Profitably - explores how and why cover crops work, and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation, along with detailed management information on the most commonly used species and these helpful Cover Crop Charts

To stay up to date on the latest cover crop research, workshops, and networking opportunities, visit the new Western Cover Crop Council website here.


COVER CROP FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

In partnership with the Pierce County Agriculture Program, PCD is offering 75% cost share, up to $150/acre, for cover crop seedings in 2021! Eligible expenses include seed, inoculant, fertilizer, labor and equipment rental for establishing cover crops. Steps to access this program are:

1. Contact your PCD farm specialist to develop a cover cropping plan that fits your production goals and site conditions.

2. Seed your cover crop based on the plan developed to receive your cost share reimbursement upon completion.

3. Share what you learn and help us to better assist our farming community! Complete a short evaluation form after you terminate your cover crop planting to capture successes and lessons learned.

Visit our farm improvement financial assistance page for more information and to learn about our other financial assistance opportunities.


MANAGE COVER CROPS WITH OUR NO-TILL SEED DRILL AND FLAIL MOWER!

Make seeding cover crops a cinch by utilizing our pull-type no-till seed drill. At a 6 ft working width with optional capacities for native grass and small seeds, the drill is ideal for any cover crop or pasture renovation application if you have a minimum 40 HP tractor. We also have a flail mower available as an option for terminating cover crops and leaving residue evenly chopped and distributed. Visit our farm services and equipment page for more information and see other equipment available to rent or borrow.