Anyone who has ever spent time growing crops or gardening can tell you how important cover crops are to the overall maintenance of healthy land, plants, and soil. However, what they might not know is that, rather than the traditional choices of buckwheat or sudangrass, many agronomists now advocate the planting of teff grass as a cover crop. Teff grass is an ideal option over other cover crop plant options because of how low-maintenance and adaptable it is. It is not picky and can thrive in many different environments, with minimal care and excellent results.
- Teff grass is derived from Ethiopia. It is useful when baking, brewing alcoholic beverages and is used for construction when mixed with mud or plaster.
- Teff grass requires less mowing and does not produce seed. It is beneficial to farmers who have livestock and hay producers who need a large high yielding crop.
- Teff grass is also sustainable in different environments, growing in warmer climates and requiring less water after seedlings sprout at about 3-4 weeks.
“Teff grass cover crops are useful for suppressing weeds and they produce an excellent plant structure that doesn’t leave the soil lumpy for successive crops.”