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Overview of Cover Crops and Green Manures

Cover crops could be considered the backbone of any annual cropping system that seeks to be sustainable.
In this publication we summarize the principal uses and benefits of cover crops and green manures. Brief descriptions and examples are provided for winter cover crops, summer green manures, living mulches, catch crops, and some forage crops. To impart a sense of the importance of these practices in sustainable farming, we summarize the effect of cover crops and green manures on: organic matter and soil structure, nitrogen production, soil microbial
activity, nutrient enhancement, rooting action, weed suppression, and soil and water conservation. Management issues addressed include vegetation management, limitations of cover crops, use in crop rotations, use in pest management, and economics of cover crops. A selection of print and Web resources are provided for further reading.

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Date Of Record Release 2010-01-10 16:21:18
Description Cover crops could be considered the backbone of any annual cropping system that seeks to be sustainable.
In this publication we summarize the principal uses and benefits of cover crops and green manures. Brief descriptions and examples are provided for winter cover crops, summer green manures, living mulches, catch crops, and some forage crops. To impart a sense of the importance of these practices in sustainable farming, we summarize the effect of cover crops and green manures on: organic matter and soil structure, nitrogen production, soil microbial
activity, nutrient enhancement, rooting action, weed suppression, and soil and water conservation. Management issues addressed include vegetation management, limitations of cover crops, use in crop rotations, use in pest management, and economics of cover crops. A selection of print and Web resources are provided for further reading.
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Format
Subject
Source National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)
Keyword Cover crops, Sustainable farming, Manure, Mulches, Organic, Soil, Conservation, Water conservation
Selector Bates
Date Of Record Creation 2010-01-10 16:14:02
Education Level
Date Last Modified 2010-01-10 16:21:18
Creator Preston Sullivan
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2010-01-10 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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