Conservation Measures Farmers Can Use to Protect the Watershed

'Cover Cropping'

Cover Crops are grown on areas that are vulnerable to erosion and on fields during the off-season, when crops are not in the ground. They usually consist of grains, such as rye or barley- or legumes such as vetch. Cover crops provide natural habitat for beneficial insects and increase soil fertility, thus reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.