Green CovR

Upload a photo

Thank you for submitting a cover crop ground cover photo to the MN Office for Soil Health (MOSH) Green CovR database. The app was developed in the Wilson Lab for manure management and water quality. MOSH will use this data anonymously to evaluate how successful cover crops are when planted in different contexts. Please give us as much information as possible about the field where photos are taken in order to interpret the data correctly. If you are unsure about the accuracy of dates or other information, please leave a note in the “Comments” section.

How to take a photo for the database

What: A photo looking down at the ground when the cover crop is growing, especially at maximum growth right before termination or winter freeze.
When: Photos should be taken at least 2 hours after sunrise or before sunset to minimize shadows. Sun overhead is preferred.
Where: In an “average” part of your cover crop stand, preferably not headlands, drowned out or other marginal areas.
How: Hold your camera 4-5’ off the ground, far enough away from your body to avoid your shoes in the frame. Keep it as horizontal as possible. Stand with the sun in front of you so you don’t create a shadow in the photo. Check the photo for any odd rocks, shadows or other non-plant or soil material. Then submit with the data below!

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Questions? Contact Anna Cates, [email protected].

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in pounds per acre
We may be in touch with questions about your photo, and you will receive a statewide summary of cover crop data for the year you submitted a photo.