When establishing a cover crop, match the cover crop species not only with the job traits desired, but also with the soil type and conditions.ᅠ Some species grow better than others in low fertility and/or poorly drained soils.ᅠ A review of a soils map and a soil test will help evaluate the soil.ᅠ

Once the cover crop species is selected, it is critical to always sow good live seed.

When planting leguminous cover crops such as clover, vetch, lespedeza and soybeans, be sure to inoculate the seed before planting.

Cover crops usually can be planted using [reduced] tillage or conventional tillage systems.

(See: http://www.agnr.umd.edu/users/frederick/pubs/Opfarm18.pdf)