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Prairie Cover Crop Survey

Cover crops are crops grown mainly to cover soil at times when the soil would otherwise be left bare and have many environmental benefits, including reduced erosion, increased water infiltration, biodiversity and soil fertility, and they can also be used for grazing.

Little information is available to farmers in the Prairies who wish to grow cover crops, so they have to look to the USA for answers. For this reason the Prairie Cover Crop Survey has been set up.

Researchers from the University of Manitoba are trying to among other things map where cover crops are grown and create baseline statistics of cover cropping in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The hope is that the information can be used by farmers to help them make informed decisions when deciding if they should grow cover crops in the future.

The short online survey is available here.

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