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Quantifying the Agronomic, Economic, and Environmental Benefits of Cover Crops in Mid-South Production Systems


The goal of this project is to provide critical information on the efficacy of cover crops that producers in a corn-soybean rotation system need to make management decisions that improve farm-scale productivity, profitability, and sustainability. This project responds to a critical and immediate producer need for conservation practices that can integrate into mid-South crop production systems. This project has assessed the change in water quality, water use, crop yield, and farm profitability following adoption of cover crops over a two-year period on six Mississippi farms. The Extension component of this project will result in economic tools for producers considering cover crops, management information on cover crops specific to mid-south systems, and Extension publications on cover crop varieties for the mid-south, and case studies highlighting collaborating producers.

Project Personnel

Dr. Joby Czarnecki, Principal Investigator
Associate Research Professor
Geosystems Research Institute
Mississippi State University
Dr. Beth Baker, Co-Investigator
Assistant Extension Professor
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
Dr. Jordan Shockley
Associate Extension Professor
Agricultural Economics
University of Kentucky

Project Collaborators

Delta F.A.R.M. or Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management is an association of growers and landowners that strive to implement recognized agricultural practices which will conserve, restore, and enhance the environment of the Northwest Mississippi.

Southern Ag Services, Inc. specializes in providing farm irrigation systems and support for farmers throughout the Southeastern United States.


This work was supported by Critical Agricultural Research and Extension grant no. 2017-68008-26303 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Period of Performance

April 1, 2017 – September 30, 2021