Determining the profitability of cover crops on livestock operations

by | May 28, 2024 | 5 Ag Stories, News

A recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service studied whether incorporating cover crops into livestock systems is more profitable than livestock operations that do not use cover crops.

Maria Bowman, research ag economist with USDA, says there is an economic benefit for livestock systems that incorporate cover crops in their operation.

Bowman says that cover crops are often viewed only through the lens of the row crop farmer and the agronomic benefits. She says the benefits extend to cattle operations as well.

Bowman says that while incorporating cover crops into livestock systems can improve profitability, numerous factors determine the overall profitability.

She says this report helped to shed light on the numbers of livestock operations incorporating cover crops on their farms and into their livestock systems.

Click the link for more information including the complete USDA report.