Managing for Soil Health: Maximize Cover

In general, healthy soils are covered soils. Visit farmers.gov/soilhealth to learn more about soil health practices for your working land.
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Managing for Soil Health: Maximize Cover

As a general rule, soil should be covered whenever possible. You can plant cover crops in both grazing and cropland operations to accomplish this goal. On grazing lands, you can also develop a rotational grazing system to maximize the cover of perennial grasses and forbs.

Visit our new farmers.gov/soilhealth page for additional resources on managing for soil health across your working land, and give us feedback at the bottom of the page.

Whether you manage 1 acre or 10,000, we’re here to help you build healthier soils and strengthen your operation.

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Soil Health Infographic - Maximize Soil Cover

Weekend Read:

Namken FOTF Grazing Cattle on Cover Crops in South Dakota

Meet Jared Namken of Namken Red Angus. Namken uses cover crops and rotational grazing to lengthen the grazing season, reduce feed costs, and build healthier soils across his 1,100-acre operation in Lake Norden, South Dakota.