Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide, second edition

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

Individual copies cost $5 each (plus shipping).

Boxes of 25 copies cost $112.50 (plus shipping) — a 10 percent discount.

The updated and expanded edition of this popular, 162-page guide includes nearly 30 pages of new material, including cover crop suggestions for common rotations, up-and-coming cover crop species, effects on yields, climate considerations, and more.

You can also order the guide by calling the Education Store toll free: (888) EXT-INFO (398-4636, ext. 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 very 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 
  • University of Missouri
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • South Dakota State University
  • Other governmental and private organizations

Other Questions?

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

Kevin Leigh Smith
(765) 494-9558

Corey K. Gerber
(765) 496-3755​​​