Cover Crops on the Intensive Market Farm

Hendrickson, John. 2009. Cover Crops on the Intensive Market Farm. UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Accessed at: <>

John Hendrickson is the program manager for the Center of Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) at the University of Wisconsin Madison. CIAS is an interdisciplinary program that studies the relationships between farming practices, farm profitability, the environment and rural vitality. Cover Crops on the Intensive Market Farm is meant to serve as a practical guide for growers to using cover crops on small- to moderate-size fresh market vegetable operations. The benefits of cover crops to a sustainable cropping system range from improving soil quality and contributing to insect, disease and weed management. This publication discusses advantages and disadvantages associated with cover cropping on market farms, equipment needs, till and no-till management of cover crops, and cropping sequences with a table of varieties and sequence options. The publication also recommends ways to ensure your farm is maximizing the potential benefits of cover crops involving soil fertility, and pest management. Additional resources and a management guide for specific crop species are listed at the end. 

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