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Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Cover Crops

Help soil health, water quality by planting cover crops
Help soil health, water quality by planting cover crops

About Cover Crops

Cover crops have been grown for centuries but have recently experienced resurgence in popularity. Farmers growing cover crops can recognize some of the following benefits including:
  • Improved nutrient cycling
  • Improved water management
  • Erosion protection
  • Weed control
  • Reduced compaction, better physical condition
  • Carbon sequestration 
Not all cover crops produce all these benefits equally, so it is important to decide what benefit is most important and grow the cover crop in the right way to maximize the desired benefits. 

To find out more about cover crops talk to our staff by visiting our staff contacts pageor visit our Forestry and Stewardship page
 
If you have a property in Huron County, find out about cover crop planting incentives through the Huron County Clean Water Project by visiting the Huron Clean Water Project page on this website.
 
To find out more about cover crops visit this link at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA): Cover Crops web page.

Cover Crop Resources

Some valuable resources are located at the following links.   
 
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA)
Huron County Clean Water Project Funding
For more information on grants that may be available for cover crops, or other stewardship projects, please contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519-235-2610, toll free 1-888-286-2610 or visit our staff contact page.

Midwest Cover Crop Council
 
Cover Crop Meetings
 
Thanks go to the dozens of agricultural producers who have attended cover crop meetings and events and shared their experiences - both challenges and successes - using cover crops.
 
Here are presentations (5 MB - Large PDF files) that were made at the January 27, 2017 Cover Crop meeting: