SARE Ecosystem Services from Cover Crops fact sheet series

SARE’s Ecosystem Services from Cover Crops resources address the role of cover crops in nutrient management, erosion, infiltration, soil organic matter, supporting wildlife and beneficial insects, and carbon sequestration. They are available for use by educators, farmers and others interested in sharing information about the role of cover crops in protecting water quality.

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Native Pollinators and Their Habitats publication

This publication is one in a series that focuses on pollinators and how you, as a landowner, can join the efforts to protect them.

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10 Ways Cover Crops Enhance Soil Health: SARE fact sheet

Learn about 10 key impacts of cover crops on soil health.

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Missouri Department of Conservation Private Lands and Agriculture

The Missouri Departent of Conservation provides many resources to learn about improving your Missouri grasslands. This site will also help you find your local private land conservationist who can advise you on how to implement conservation practices on your farm or land.

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University of Missouri Soil Health Assessment Center website

Learn about and how to use the services offered to farmers, landowners, researchers, consulting firms, state agencies, and landscape architects by the Soil Health Assessment Center. These services include soil characterization services of physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil.

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SARE Cover Crop Economics Report

This resource, Cover Crop Economics: Opportunities to Improve Your Bottom Line in Row Crops, explores the economics of cover crops in corn and soybean rotations to help farmers answer that big question, when do cover crops pay?

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MU Cover Crop Extension Guide

This handout, Cover Crops in Missouri: Putting Them to Work on Your Farm, provides information on what to consider when planting cover crops and delves into different cover crop options and when and how to use them.

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Why living roots matter year-round

When there are no living roots in the soil, such as might be found in a corn field from fall to spring, the health of the soil suffers. Some soil microbes go dormant while other soil organisms, including earthworms, may die due to lack of food resources. Living roots exude carbohydrates into the soil...

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Catalyzing more regenerative agriculture

The food, clothing, and beverage choices made by consumers all have an impact on the future direction of agriculture, in part by shaping demand that guides industry investments. Most of the major food and agriculture companies in the U.S. are putting a greater emphasis on sustainable and regenerative approaches, and some of the clothing...

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Examples of regenerative agriculture

The exact mix of regenerative approaches appropriate to a farm varies depending on what is being produced and the goals of the farmer and landowner. Soil and climate conditions can also impact what farming practices make sense. For farmers growing commodity crops or annual fruits and vegetables, some common regenerative approaches can include: Cover...

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