The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) recently announced the addition of Minnesota and Wisconsin to the online Cover Crop Decision Tool.
Other states included are Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. This tool is web-based system to assist farmers in selecting cover crops to include in row crop rotations.
The tool is an initiative by the MCCC to consolidate cover crop information by state to help farmers make cover crop selections at the county level. Information for each state/province is developed by a team of cover crop experts including university researchers, Extension educators, NRCS personnel, agriculture department personnel, crop advisors, seed suppliers and farmers.
The team reviewed and refined information from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) (http://www.sare.org) publication Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd edition (http://www.sare.org/publications/covercrops/covercrops.pdf) to refine application within their state/province.
The information and ratings contained in the Cover Crop Decision Tool is the team consensus based on literature, research results, on-farm experience and practical knowledge.