Winter Cereal Rye Cover Crop Effect of Cash Crop Yield

Published Feb 1, 2014

Cover crops are an important addition to any farming system to improve soil quality and decrease soil erosion and nutrient loss. When this project began, farmers were concerned that a winter rye cover crop could negatively impact their cash crop yields. Farmers reported that in 36 of 40 trials, properly managed cover crops had little or no negative effect on corn and soybean yield (and actually increased soybean yield in 4 trials).