Climate Smart Farming Resource

USDA Cover Crop Chart

The Cover Crop Chart is produced and distributed by staff of the USDA-ARS. It is an easy to use pdf file that guides users on cover crop selection. The chart includes 58 crop species that may be planted individually or in conjunction with one another. Information about each specie’s growth cycle, water use, plant architecture, seeding depth, forage quality, pollination characteristics, and nutrient cycling is provided by clicking on the links provided in the chart itself. The chart can be found by navigating to the USDA ARS website through clicking on the link below:


Developer: USDA-ARS

Cost: Free

Time Investment: Low