Maintaining and improving soil health is critical to crop productivity. Cover cropping is one way to prevent soil erosion, maintain and/or improve soil nutrients, improve soil aggregation, prevent nutrient loss from runoff, and increase water retention. Such soil improvements can promote conditions that add resiliency to a crop, especially in light of extreme weather patterns that may affect yields. It can be challenging to grow a successful cover crop, given other demands from a farm operation and weather limitations. In this trial, our goals were to evaluate the effect of cover crop planting dates and cover crop mixes on biomass production and soil coverage.


Vermont, University of Vermont, crop crop

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