Winter Cover Crop Species Adapted to North-Central West Texas and Southwestern Oklahoma

Posted by Kirsten on Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:00pm

United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service

Technical Note No: TX-PM-13-01 - Plant Materials Technical Note 

June 2013 

This PDF publication lists techincal notes about many winter cover crop species. While the title says it is about plants "Adapted to North-Central West Texas and Southwestern Oklahoma", the species listed are not limited to those areas.

A sample article:


Common Name: Cereal Rye
Scientific Name: Secale cereal
Planting Depth: ¾ to 2 inches
Planting Rate: 60 lbs/ac
Seed per Pound: 21,596
Plant Height: 40-42 inches
Residue Persistence: Excellent
Biomass Potential: 7,000-8,000 lbs/ac
Facts: prevents soil erosion, quick forage for grazing, improve soil structure and drainage, scavenge nutrients, adds organic matter, and suppresses weeds
Mix with: legumes, other grasses, vetches, and brassica