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Division of Ag Cover Crop fact sheet series now available online

Row crop producers wanting to explore cover crops as a way to help save water, manage weeds and improve soil, now have the first of a series of fact sheets as a resource, said Trent Roberts, associate professor-soil fertility for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The Division of Agriculture’s release of “Understanding Cover Crops,” coincides with the ideal planting window for many winter cover crops.


“While cover cropping is not a new concept, crop rotations, management practices and types of crops grown have changed a lot in the last 30 years,” said Roberts, the principal author. “Successfully implementing cover crops requires planning for success and the more information we can get in producer’s hands the more benefits they can realize.”

Future fact sheets will focus on specific cover crop species “and if there are any cover crops that you would like more information on please don’t hesitate to let us know,” Roberts said. Roberts can be reached at

“Understanding Cover Crops,” is available for download here:

For more information on cover crops, contact your county extension office, or visit or

University of Arkansas, by Mary Hightower

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