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Midwest Cover Crops Council Cover Crop Decision Tools

The Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC) Cover Crop Decision Tools are web-based systems to assist farmers in selecting cover crops to include in field crop and vegetable rotations.

Field crops (Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Ontario, and Wisconsin)

Instructions for Using the Cover Crop Decision Tool-Field Crops

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Vegetables (Michigan)

Instructions for Using the Cover Crop Decision Tool-Vegetables

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Other states/provinces in the MCCC are currently developing their information. They will be added to the tools when complete. We welcome your input and comments on the Cover Crop Decision Tools. Send them to Dean Baas at


About the Cover Crop Decision Tools
The Cover Crop Decision Tools are an initiative by the MCCC to consolidate cover crop information by state to help farmers make cover crop selections at the county level. Information for each state/province is developed by a team of cover crop experts including university researchers, Extension educators, NRCS personnel, agriculture department personnel, crop advisors, seed suppliers and farmers. The team reviewed and refined information from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) ( publication Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd edition ( to refine application within their state/province. The information and ratings contained in the Cover Crop Decision Tool is the team consensus based on literature, research results, on-farm experience and practical knowledge.


This project has been funded by: a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant in partnership with the Conservation Technology Information Center (; the Great Lakes Regional Water Program (; Michigan State University’s Project GREEEN (; Michigan State University Extension/W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University; Purdue University; Ohio State University; University of Minnesota; Iowa State University; and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The MCCC would like to thank SARE and Andy Clark, SARE Outreach Communications Director and editor of Managing Cover Crops profitably, 3rd edition for the use of their materials.

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