Cover Crops

The Cover Crop Seed Program is designed to implement one or more soil health principals. Seeded outside of the normal growing season cover crops prevent soil erosion, improve soil texture, increase biological activity, suppress weeds, disturb the pest cycle and distribute water within the soil. Integrating cover crops into farm management practices is a long term economical and ecological investment. The benefits ripple throughout  the landscape increasing the longevity of productive soil. Within the Assiniboine West  Watershed District there are 6 ecozones that represent the naturally occurring changes in vegetation, soil types, water and  wildlife.  The ecological properties of each ecozone contain complex relationships that enhances the function of the whole. Cover crops simulates these relationship systems to develop the soils in farmlands.

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Grazing Cover Crops

Economical and nutritious outcome of cover crop acres.

Benefits of cover crops

Managing livestock within the cover crop systems

Cover crops in the prairies

Considerations and variables of implementing cover crops in Manitoba

Articles

Source: SARE Outreach

Fall seeded cover (forage)

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