Cover Crops Work? See them working in pictures

All across the United States, farmers are increasingly using cover crops to suppress weeds, conserve soil and control pests and diseases. But agricultural educators know that savvy farmers are reluctant about risk and often want to see cover crops in action before making significant change. SARE’s Library of Cover Crop and Soil Health Images is now available to help educators show producers how cover crops can work on their farms.

The collection includes over 1,500 photos and illustrations organized into 10 galleries. A soil health gallery features high-resolution illustrations compiled in a set of 20 PowerPoint slides for use in presentations. 

The collection also includes five complete PowerPoint presentations that may be used by educators to illustrate the benefits of incorporating cover crops into cropping systems.

These cover crop materials are provided for free to educators for use in non-commercial agriculture and conservation work, provided that proper attribution is used.

The library was developed through the support of the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) program and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to help educators, researchers and nonprofit organizations develop educational materials that help producers achieve the many benefits provided by cover crops.

The cover crop photos in this database were compiled by Remsberg Inc. Most photos were shot by Edwin Remsberg, with exceptions noted in the credits. The soil health illustrations were created by Carlyn Iverson.

Find a wealth of educational resources on cover crops at

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