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Cover Crops, Pasture Mixes & Forages in Missouri

Cover crops and forages are vital to Missouri’s agricultural production system. They help to improve soil structure and fertility, reduce erosion and runoff, provide habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife, and even help to protect crops from the pests and diseases tha hamper farms in Missouri. Cover crops and forages also play an important role in improving the overall health of the environment by sequestering carbon and improving air quality.


Cover crops are typically grown between harvesting one crop and seeding another and are usually utilized for erosion control, nutrient recycling, weed control, and soil improvement. Common cover crops include legumes such as clover and alfalfa, common in Missouri, grasses such as rye and barley, and cruciferous plants such as mustard and radish. Cover crops are widely used in crop rotation systems, where certain crops are rotated with each season in order to maximize soil fertility and yield.


Forages, on the other hand, can be used as food for livestock. Common forage crops include grasses, legumes, and brassicas. They provide high-energy, high-protein feeds that can be used to supplement hay, grain, and silage. In Missouri, forage crops are often grown in permanent pastures or used in rotational grazing systems, which allow for a greater diversity of plants and increased animal productivity.


For farmers in Missouri, cover crops and forages can play a major role in improving soil fertility, reducing erosion, and improving the environment. They are also an important part of any farm’s production system, as they can help to increase yields and provide a source of feed for livestock. As such, it is important for farmers to be aware of the benefits of cover crops and forages and to properly manage them in order to maximize their yields and improve the overall health of their land.


River Valley Ag Exchange, LLC, offers custom cover crop mixes for a wide variety of applications. We can help you meet NRCS program requirements.


At RVAE, we are dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture and land stewardship. Cover crops and forage are two important components of a healthy and productive agricultural system. We are proud to be a part of the sustainable agriculture movement and are dedicated to helping our customers achieve their goals of improved soil health, increased crop yields, and improved productivity. Contact us today to learn more about our cover crops and forage crops and how they can benefit your farm.


     Alfalfa               Clovers                    Turnips                    Brassicas               Radishes 


Triticale              Forage Seed               Rapeseed               Cereal Rye               Peas


      Buckwheat               Barley              Beets              Ryegrass                   Oats     

RVAE has available both seed and forage type oats, triticale, cereal rye, and other forage/feed type small grains and grasses in both certified organic and conventional. We also have a full line of pasture mixes available. Call RVAE to find out what varieties would best fit your operation.

No matter what you are looking to accomplish from your cover crop program, RVAE can help you to achieve it! From erosion control to adding organic material and from biologically fixing nitrogen to scavenging nutrients and providing grazing options, RVAE can help put the right plan in motion to set you up for success!


Through our many vendors, RVAE has available single species cover crops and custom cover crop mixes that you might need for your operation. Put us to work finding the perfect combination to help you achieve your farm goals

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