Jacob Farms grows various cover crops throughout the growing season. These crops include rye, radishes, sunn hemp, cow peas, millet’s, sudan grass, canola, lupins, turnips, and various other species. We often plant these in mixes to create multiple plant species working together to produce nitrogen, reduce evaporation, build organic matter, and to control weeds which reduces chemical applications.
We have conducted cover crop testing since 2007 to monitor its effects on the following cash crops. We have taken the stance to always have some crop growing whenever possible. The soil is a living organism and needs to be fed all year. We have had substantial yield increases following cover crops in the tests we have conducted so far. We will continue to test cover crops to validate our results. We pass the benefits of cover crops to our landowners at no cost to them.