Publication Offers Guidance for Using Cover Crops for Weed Control

Posted: March 29, 2010

Increasingly, Pennsylvania farmers are using cover crops to limit erosion from fields, control weed growth, fix nitrogen in the soil, feed livestock and produce biomass for energy. But depending on an agricultural producer's needs, all cover crops are not created equally, according to a crop and soil scientist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

When it comes to controlling weeds, some cover crops definitely are better than others, contends Bill Curran, professor of weed science.