The study looked a pumpkin plots in Kansas, where the Halloween staple is frequently grown in rotation following soybeans, and are a staple of agritourism, according to the study published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal.
Broadcast cover crop seeds often don't have good seed-to-soil contact, and stand counts of broadcast cover crops are often lower than those of drilled cover crops, says the University of Nebraska. A recent study shows that increasing the seeding rate can improve cover crop productivity, but only in some cases.
Whatever cover crop you have growing into your fields — clover, radish, vetch or something else —selecting the right herbicide burndown program for termination will help you start clean this growing season.
Cover crops can be used for different reasons, such as to provide soil erosion protection, alleviate compaction, control weeds, fix atmospheric nitrogen for the next crop, harvest for hay, and as a grazing resource. The reason for using a cover crop will determine which species or mixture of species you choose, as well as how you manage it.
Garrett Montgomery from the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture discusses residue management and the timing of terminating various cover crops ahead of planting corn in this video from June 2016.
Annual cover crops grown in place of fallow can provide high-quality forage during key production periods and may help reduce soil erosion, suppress weeds, and increase soil nutrient profiles, but some may not be suitable for forage or grazing, says Kansas State University Extension.
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