AGRO 825. Cover Crops in Agroecosystems

Instructor(s): Sam Wortman

Number of Credit Hours: 3

Cross-listings: PLAS 425

Prerequisites: PLAS 131 or PLAS 278; PLAS/SOIL 153 (or equivalent)

Description: Explore the management, environmental, economic, and social considerations of cover crops across a diversity of agricultural production systems and regions. Grow cover crops, measure benefits and tradeoffs, and apply knowledge to make management and policy recommendations.

Learning Outcomes/Course Objectives

  1. Define cover crop types and describe characteristics of cover crop species and functional groups and their agroecosystem services.
  2. Manage and make decisions about cover crops across a diversity of climates, soils, and cropping systems.
  3. Measure the short- and long-term economic impacts of cover crop management decisions.
  4. Quantify the environmental benefits of cover crops using digital tools and describe how those benefits are influenced by management decisions across environments.
  5. Apply cover crop system knowledge to design and assess policy and social initiatives to help overcome barriers to cover crop adoption.