Cover crops play a vital role in the management of processing vegetables in the Central Sands region of Wisconsin. The use of cover crops to reduce soil losses due to wind erosion has become a common practice following the harvest of a given cash crop by producers in the region. The management of these cover crops focuses on erosion control and limits development of the crop beyond vegetative stages through tillage or herbicide control. Currently cereal rye is the most common species used in vegetable production fields as a cover crop. Cereal rye is advantageous for erosion control due to its rapid establishment and the ability to grow at cooler temperatures in fall following harvest.
Soil Science Extension
University of Wisconsin Madison