The Pros and Cons
National Sorghum Producers recognizes both the potentials and pitfalls of cover crops, and we know there are several policy options on the table of how to help producers take advantage of the benefits and address the challenges. NSP understands cover crops are highly challenging, particularly for semi-arid regions and a large portion of the farmers represented in the Sorghum Belt where water resources are limited. When moisture is limited, it can cause cover crops to fail, and it takes away yield potential from traditional crops in our rotation. To effectively integrate cover crops in some of these challenged areas, a large amount of support is required, and it will be costly to implement. It’s not a one size fits all solution for all farmers in all areas and may not be something that makes sense for farmers to implement in different farming systems and structures.
Agri-Pulse launched an editorial series – “Cover Crops: The Potential, the Pitfalls, and the Policy Options.” National Sorghum Producers was one of four sponsors of this four-part series covering the various nuances of cover crop benefits. The articles featured in the series can be found at the links below.