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Cover Crops for California Farms

A cover crop can be any non-cash crop grown in addition to the primary cash crop. Select pages from pull down menus to learn more about common cover crops used in California. Additional resources are provided in each section.

  • Cover crops offer many potential benefits. There are also management implications to consider when deciding whether to use cover crops, and identifying which crop or mixture of crops to plant. 
  • Impact of cover crops on yield depends on many factors, including water availability, initial soil quality, cover crop type or mixture, and timing of cover crop operations.

Find additional information on methods to increase biodiversity and ecosystem health in agricultural systems visit the 

UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program