Information on cover crops, including clover, wheat, canola, rye and hairy vetch, diversified grazing systems, no-till farming, managing soils and a crop adviser study guide. Tips on cover crop control and extending grazing season with brassicas.
Articles ByDwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.
Cover crops can cover the soil to protect against soil erosion; improve the soil by adding organic matter, nutrients, and stability; and scavenge leftover nutrients.
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Hairy vetch is an annual leguminous cover crop that is winter hardy throughout Pennsylvania if established in a timely manner.
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Red clover is a short-lived perennial that is winter hardy throughout Pennsylvania.
Red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) is grown throughout the northeastern United States for forage and is used in rotations for soil improvement.
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The seed delivery system in drills is not as precise as that used in planters because they use flutes or sponges to meter seed instead of seed singulation.
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The question about whether corn or soybean herbicide programs will pose a problem for establishing fall cover crops has become a common.
Cover crops offer multiple benefits from soil conservation to weed suppression. To reap benefits, the ideal planting time is mid-August to mid-September.
White clover (Trifolium repens L.) is a short-lived perennial that can reseed itself under favorable conditions, grows rapidly, and spreads via stolons.