Cover crops are gaining popularity as a way to improve soils, drought resistance and cash crop yields. Grasses, legumes and forbs can be used as cover crops. To protect crop insurance eligibility, farmers must understand and carefully follow the NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines including the termination periods.
Cover Crop Termination Guidelines
Norm Widman, National Agronomist, with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helped develop simple NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines. Growers can zoom in on national maps to determine their zone and applicable recommendations.
The continental United States has been divided into four crop zones. Using scientific analysis, researchers determined optimal termination schedules under various growing conditions. The Guidelines for non-irrigated lands recommend various termination dates for each zone, season and management practice. [Learn more here.]