The Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide


The Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide is now available from the Purdue Extension Education Store.

Individual copies cost $5 each.

Boxes of 25 copies are $112.50--a 10 percent discount.

You can order copies of this 136-page guide now by clicking on the links above or by calling the Education store toll free: (888) EXT-INFO (398-4636, extension 46794).

View a sample of the guide's contents​.

About the Guide

Producers who want to prevent soil erosion, improve nutrient cycling, sustain theri soils, and protect the environment have been returning to a avry old practice: planting cover crops.

Although farmers have been using cover crops for centuries, today's producers are part of a generation that has little experience with them. As they rediscover the role that cover crops can play in sustainable farming systems, many growers find they lack the experience and information necessary to take advantage of all the potential benefits cover crops can offer. That inexperience can lead to costly mistakes.

This guide will help you effectively select, grow, and use cover crops in your farming systems. While this guide isn't the final word on cover crops, it is meant to be a useful reference.

The guide was written by members of the Midwest Cover Crops Council, which includes agricultural scientists from:

  • Purdue University (Indiana)
  • Michigan State University
  • USDA-Agricultural Research Service
  • Iowa State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
  • University of Guelph-Ridgetown Campus
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of Illinois
  • Other governmental and private organizations

Other Questions?

If you have any other questions about the guides or custom covers, please contact:

Kevin Leigh Smith
kevlsmith@purdue
(765) 494-9558

Corey K. Gerber
gerberc@purdue.edu
(765) 496-3755​​​