Soil Testing


Cover Crops

  • Cover Crops for Soil Improvement in Horticultural Crops: Alan Ware, The Kerr Center, Inc.
  • Cover Crops for Organic Farms: Keith R. Baldwin and Nancy G. Creamer, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
  • Managing Cover Crops Profitably: Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)
  • ATTRA: Cover Crop options for Hot and Humid Areas, Cover crops can be better adapted to some regions than others. This publication discusses the characteristics of cover crops that are better suited for areas with hot, humid summers.
  • Southern Cover Crop Conference Fact Sheets, Southern SARE. Researchers, farmers, Extension specialists, and natural resource personnel from across the Southern region gathered in North Carolina summer 2016 to learn about and discuss cover crops at the Southern Cover Crop Conference. The following fact sheets were generated from the workshops presented and field demonstrations exhibited during the conference. They are intended to serve as references in a wide variety of cover crop management topics.
  • Cover Crops and Water Quality, Southern SARE. This resource addresses the role of cover crops in nutrient management, erosion, infiltration and soil organic matter.

Local Resources

  • Natural Resource Conservation Service. NRCS has field staff that will come to your farm and property at no cost to make suggestions and answer questions about soil and water conservation.  NRCS als0 offers cost share programs to cover between 75% and 90% of the costs to implement practices such as cover cropping and nutrient management.  Learn more about their programs here, and go to a service center near you to meet with an agent and ask how they can help you on your farm.
  • Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. GSWCC provides soil and water resource information, education, and program oversight to landowners/ users to maintain, conserve and wisely use the soil and water resources for all Georgians. They also offer technical, financial, and planning assistance to locally led soil and water conservation districts and to local, state, and federal governments.
  • Resource Conservation and Development Councils. RC&D is a unique program that helps people initiate, sponsor, plan, and implement projects that will make their communities better places in which to live. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the program for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NRCS provides a coordinator, and gives other support to each RC&D area. The local councils make each RC&D area unique by defining goals and objectives to meet local needs.