Are you thinking about trying a cover crop next fall?  It’s never too early to plan, and secure your seed supply. Start planning now, says Nick Bowers, a farmer and cover-crop seed dealer from Harrisburg, Ore. “Be very informed before you start. Talk to experienced cover croppers. Do your homework.”

Beginner Jim Zoss, Roanoke, Ill., tried covers for the first time in 2012. His biggest concerns were “getting a cover crop planted in time in the fall and killed in time in the spring.” His advice for first-timers: “Budget extra time for management.”

beginning cover crops