Photo by Vicky Boyd
Photo by Vicky Boyd

Michigan State University and the Midwest Cover Crops Council have teamed to develop an online tool that helps growers decide what cover crops will benefit their row-crop rotation.

The tool, found at http://mcccdev.anr.msu.edu, has been completed for Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Other states and provinces—Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario, Canada—are in development, according to a news release.

The user-friendly tool provides one-stop shopping, consolidating cover crop information by state or province to help growers make selections at the county level.

It was developed by a team of cover crop experts, including university researchers, Extension specialists, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, state department of agriculture, crop advisers, seed suppliers and farmers.

Users select their state or province and county as well as cash crops, planting and harvest dates, field information and desired cover crop benefits.

The online tool also allows users to play "what if" scenarios.

An NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant, MSU’s Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs) and the Great Lakes Regional Water Program funded the project.

For more information, contact Dean Baas at baasdean@msu.edu or (269) 671-2412, ext. 260.