Several universities in Illinois are working to provide research information that farmers can utilize. The University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois State University, and Illinois Central College are actively involved in cover crops research. Projects range from variety trials for cereal rye, annual ryegrass, and legumes to cover crop influences on pest and disease suppression and nutrient retention.  Also, there are many cover crop field days and programs around the state giving growers a first-hand look at cover crops and a chance to hear from those with cover crop experience.

Illinois Cover Crop Recipe – Post Corn, Going to Soybean: Use Cereal Rye
Illinois Cover Crop Recipe – Post Soybean, Going to Corn: Use Oats/Radish
Please scroll down to read extension publications from Illinois.


Various agencies provide cover crop services at a local level. These resources can help with technical support and answer questions from a local perspective at no cost.

Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Find your local NRCS Field Service Center

University of Illinois Extension

Find your Local Extension Office

Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD)

Find your Local Soil and Water Conservation District

The current mission of the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP) is to build and sustain an organization that empowers the on and off campus community working to advance sustainable and organic food and farming systems in Illinois.

Feel free to contact your MCCC state representative for local questions and recommendations. Your MCCC state representative's contact information can be found on the State Contacts tab.

MCCC State Contact

Nathan Johanning
Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture
University of Illinois Extension, Unit 22 serving Madison, Monroe, & St. Clair Counties
901 Illinois Ave., Suite A; PO Box 117
Waterloo, IL  62298
Phone: 618-939-3434

Other Contacts

Russel Higgins

Extension Educator, Integrated Pest Management
University of Illinois Extension
3435 N. Higgins Rd.
Morris, IL 60450
Phone: 815-274-1343

Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

Eric Lee-Mader, Anne Stine, Jarrod Fowler, Jennifer Hopwood and Mace Vaughanby – Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation with contributions from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service August 2017 Cover Cropping for Pollinators… Show more