Agronomic Crops

Integrating Cover Crops for Agroecosystems Services

Publication Date

Fall 9-23-2020

Publication Number

LGP 1089


Cover crops are gaining interest from Southeastern US farmers. Their benefits include adding nutrients to the soil, preventing erosion, safeguarding against weather extremes, reducing compaction, and suppressing weeds. This article explains how cover crops offer additional wildlife benefits when integrated into agroecosystems and providing habitat for beneficial insects and a food resource for mammals and birds. Farmers, producers, and forestry managers can identify cover crops for specific wildlife benefits for the Southeastern USA.

Publication Type

Short Communication


Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

row drop farmers, vegetable farmers, livestock producers, hunters, agricultural producers