cover crops


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cover crops

[′kəv·ər ‚kräps]
(agriculture)
Crops, especially grasses, grown for the express purpose of preventing and protecting a bare soil surface.
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It's going to take a global effort to slow down the rate at which our world is warming and we'll have to use every tool in our arsenal; cover crops are one of those tools.
Oilseed cover crops help reduce soil erosion and offer other benefits.
Planting cover crops is very easy and beneficial to your soil.
Cover crops were grazed using sheep in late winter-early spring (before spring cultivation).
Results indicated that producers could introduce winter rye cover cropping on around 30% to 80% of the land used for corn and soybean production, and that the cover crop systems could potentially reduce nitrate loadings in the Mississippi River by approximately 20%.
Renner also serves as a part-time private consultant for the Ohio State University He consults with farmers on cover crops and conservation and conducts experimental projects on conversation within his order's farmland.
Cover crops were killed approximately 4 wk before planting corn.
For example, they could use reduced tillage as well as incorporate cover crops and other biomass residues into soils to enhance nutrient retention, sequester carbon and enhance water infiltration, thus improving soils for a more sustainable crop-growing future.
ADAS research has shown that cover crops reduces nitrate leaching by up to 40% where manure is included in the rotation.
The planting of winter cover crops also is beneficial.
Cover crops and intercrops have been used as living mulches for managing some insect pests.