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The Root Project

Cover crops are an essential part of healthy soil.

As part of our ongoing efforts to educate, train and inform, we've developed a graphic showing the cross-sectional view of several popular and effective cover crops. 

This high-quality graphic is extremely detailed and scalable.


This project was funded in part by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.


Based on drawings by Erwin Lichtenegger. Wageningen University & Research Image Collections (

By permission: Plant Sociological Institute ( via Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

This license allows reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, for non-commercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given.


Compiled by Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, Indianapolis, IN (

Produced by Big Picture Studio, Downingtown, PA (

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We love to keep in touch with other root-loving organizations that utilize these graphics. Simply fill in the form below to be redirected to our downloads page. 

Note: These graphics are available for free, but any donations to offset the cost of development and design would be greatly appreciated. 

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