|As more growers in the Northwest become interested in using cover crops to enhance the productivity and profitability of their operations, USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) are working to provide the technical information growers need to get the right plant in the right place at the right time. Cover cropping can provide a variety of benefits to an operation, from increased soil organic matter and water holding capacity for drought resilience, to nitrogen production from legumes that can lower fertilizer costs, but maximizing these benefits requires selection of species or varieties that are adapted to the soil and climate conditions of the farm, as well as proper seeding techniques and termination timing.
Plant Materials Centers are creating the tools farmers and conservation planners in the Northwest need to successfully integrate cover crops into their rotations for added diversity, soil health, nutrient management, and more.
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