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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. 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.

Learn more about incorporating cover crops into your farming operations using the resources on this website.

Find additional information on methods to increase biodiversity and ecosystem health in agricultural systems on the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program website.

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