Farmers interested in planting cover crops to improve soil health can now find information and tips in a new pocket guide produced by the Midwest Cover Crops Council and Purdue University.

The guide provides information to farmers that will help them choose the appropriate cover crops for their needs and learn how to best manage them.

Interest in growing cover crops has been increasing across the Midwest over the last two to three years. Planting cover crops can help with weed suppression and erosion control, break up compacted soils, and over the long term, improve crop yields and profitability.

The guide is available through the Purdue Extension Education Store at or by calling (888) 398-4636. Individual copies of the guide cost $5 each, and boxes of 25 are available at a 10 percent discount for $112.50.