Cover crops

Plan ahead when considering cover crop mixes

Cover crop mixes have piqued many farmers’ interests. The cost to buy and plant cover crop seed and terminate or incorporate the crop all need to be considered when selecting which ones to include. Choosing... more »

Organic Grower: UGA studies transitioning fallow pastureland

To help new organic growers overcome weed challenges, University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences’ researchers are examining ways to help transition land from conventional to organic production in the Southeast. A UGA... more »

Building organic matter on sandy soils

Soil organic matter (SOM) is often considered the foundation of a healthy soil because it mediates many biological, chemical and physical soil properties — from water holding capacity to nutrient availability. Strategies for building SOM... more »

UF students learn growing skills in horticultural sciences teaching garden

Luminous yellow squash, bright red turnips and blooming artichokes are only some of the crops that were grown this spring in University of Florida’s Horticultural Sciences Teaching Garden. The garden is an experiential learning garden... more »

Regenerative agriculture: a viable option for large-scale row crop farms?

Regenerative agriculture is one of the buzzwords of the moment and it seems like everyone from grassroot organizations to large corporations are now touting it as the holy grail of farming. But often, interesting concepts... more »

Why do you plant cover crops … or why don’t you?

Farmers are invited to share their thoughts on cover crops in an online survey at bit.ly/CoverCrop23. Your insight will help guide research, communications, seed development, and more. The National Cover Crop Survey is the seventh since... more »

Fourteen Acres’ bounty

In an unusual combination, central Texas distillery Tito’s is growing fresh produce, and seeks to inspire other distilleries to do the same. Tito’s/Fourteen Acres’ farmer Adam Levin and Kathleen Kuper, farm... more »

Combining cover crops, fall manure boosts both

Fall is often a practical time to apply manure nutrients for many growers. In the case of vegetables, regulations associated with food safety and organic certification can further limit available windows to apply raw manures... more »

Cover crops more effective than insecticides for managing pests

Promoting early-season plant cover, primarily through the use of cover crops, can be more effective at reducing pest density and crop damage than insecticide applications, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers. In a... more »

Cover crops effective at reducing wind erosion impacts

While growers often feel they get benefits from the cover crops they plant following crop production, sometimes it is harder to know they are getting a return on the dollars invested from the practice. The... more »

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