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Grazing Cover Crops to Avoid Soil Compaction

Two case studies evaluating impacts of grazing corn stalk residue with and without cover crops showed little to no effect on the following soybean and corn yields – even when increases in soil compaction were measured. Crop residue on the soil surface cushions the effects of treading hooves and acts like a sponge to absorb weight and water. Cover crops and their extensive root systems build soil organic matter and prevent compaction.

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