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Cover Crops

Cover crops are plants that are grown in agricultural fields both before the main crop is planted and after it is harvested. 

Cover crops have many benefits to the landowner and the community. Cover crops:

  • Help to protect water quality and build soil health.
  • Help to reduce loss of nutrients and topsoil and reduce the amount of speed of water running off of land.
  • Help reduce wind speed at ground level which reduces wind and water erosion and the speed of water runoff.
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Please enter your address in the search bar on the top right of the map below to determine what watershed you are in. Then click the map to determine the  programs you are eligible for and to get a link to the proper application form. To see the legend press the >> on the top left corner of the map.


Application forms:

If you have any questions at all about the forms or application process, please contact Brooklyn or Hope.

Their contact information is on our staff contacts page:

Cover Crops in Sixty-Inch Corn

This research project observed the effect of different cover cropping strategies within a 60-inch twin-row corn scenario. 

Variables include population size (64,000 versus 48,000), the effect of different cover crop mixes, and cover crop seeding rate (30 pounds per acre versus 60 pounds per acre).

Here are some video updates about the project:

First Video (Posted June 2020):

Second Video (Posted July 2020):

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Cover Crop Comparisons

Check out this 60-inch corn comparison chart:

Cover Crop in 60-inch Corn Presentation

Watch this presentation, on the Cover Crops in 60-inch Corn Trial, from Ross Wilson and Hope Brock, Ausable Bayfield Conservation, from the Annual Cover Crops Workshop on January 29, 2021:

Cover Crop Videos

Watch other cover crop videos on our YouTube channel:

There have been a number of cover crop innovations found throughout Huron County over the past few years.  Here are a few highlights from 2020. Ausable Bayfield Conservation thanks all the farmers adopting cover crops and improving soil health and water quality. Grants and staff support may be available. Visit to find out more.

Ross Wilson, MSC; PAg; CCA-ON; Water and Soils Resource Coordinator, Ausable Bayfield Conservation, talks about the many benefits of cover crops and 'service crops.' Thanks to for the wonderful music.

Let's root for roots! In this video, certified crop advisor Ross Wilson, of Ausable Bayfield Conservation, takes you on a tour of what's underneath the surface. You may never look at roots the same way! Just as every player on the ice has a role to play, each kind of cover crop can play a different role and achieve different goals for you. #healthylakehuron? #landtolake? #pieceofthepuzzle? Thanks to for the wonderful music. #healthylakehuron #landtolake #pieceofthepuzzle

More bees please! Help our pollinators ... plant cover crops. Ross Wilson, a certified crop advisor and Water and Soils Resource Coordinator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation,  visits the farms of two local participating landowners and shows how some cover crops attract pollinators. Pollinators, like bees, are needed for growth and life.

Have you wondered about using #covercrops? after corn?  Find out more about using #60inchcorn? to help establish a cover crop during this trial project south of Clinton, Ontario, Canada. Stay tuned for more updates over the season! #pieceofthepuzzle? #healthylakehuron? #landtolake? Thanks to for use of the music ('Sunny').

Have you heard about pollinator strips? They help with wind and water erosion and provide habitat for local pollinators. Check out this video from Huronview Demonstration Farm @HuronSoilCrop @HealthyLkHuron #pieceofthepuzzle? #healthylakehuron? #landtolake? Simon's Song music by Dan Lebowitz, royalty-free music courtesy of MusicHub

Cover Crops and Soil Health

Visit our page for recent soil health initiatives:

Also, visit the soils page of the Conservation Strategy developed by your watershed community: