Cover Crops

24 August 2023

Cover crop establishment is affected by several factors, including species, soil type, weather and the rotation.

23 August 2023

Mineralisation is influenced by many factors and affects how quickly nitrogen becomes available to crops.

23 August 2023

Using a mixture of cover crops can combine benefits, such as mitigating against poor performance, as one species may do well when another does not.

23 August 2023

Species of cover crop such as buckwheat, phacelia, chicory and linseed are sometimes referred to as ‘herbs’; they are in different families to most cash crops and can be used to avoid rotational conflicts.

23 August 2023

Brassica crops are increasingly used to provide winter or rotational cover in vegetable and speciality crop production.

23 August 2023

Grass cover crop species develop extensive root systems and can scavenge soil nutrients (especially nitrogen). They also produce large amounts of top growth, helping to suppress weeds and adding organic matter to the soil.

23 August 2023

Learn how to use leguminous cover crops to improve soil fertility.

23 August 2023

Legumes fix nitrogen from the atmosphere and add it to the soil; they also attract beneficial insects, help control erosion, and add organic matter to soils.

29 November 2023

Learn about the four main types of cover crops and their unique properties, and identify which cover crop or mix is best suited to your farm system and objectives.

23 August 2023

Find out how cover crops can help cycle nutrients and bring up nutrients from deeper in the soil profile.

23 August 2023

Find out how cover crop roots can loosen the soil structure and improve access to water and nutrients for cash crops.

23 August 2023

Find out how cover crops can reduce the loss of small particles, like clay and organic matter, from the soil through wind and water erosion.

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