The use of cover cropping has increased significantly over the past few years and is now on the minds of many farmers across the country.
Cover cropping is now considered an important way of improving soils output and trials have shown increased yields in cropping rotations that include them. The need to fully understand events taking place in our soils is vitally important and soils should not be generalised across any one farm. Soil analysis has become an important starting point when it comes to addressing soil issues such as nutrient lock ups and compaction. Cover crops are a group of fast growing species that are commonly sown as either straights or mixtures between two conventional crops often referred to as a cash crop. Cover crops have the ability to deliver financial savings when used as part of a holistic system and each specie has wide ranging benefits including alleviating compaction or fixing atmospheric nitrogen directly into the soil.
To achieve maximum results, several key factors must be considered during the selection process of a cover crop. These considerations include desired benefits, available sowing dates, following crop, soil type, location and the rotation as a whole. Seeking advice on any of these is essential in making the right decision.
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