Cover crop calculator – Economics

This interactive calculator is a decision-support tool that estimates the costs and benefits of winter cover cropping in almond and processing tomato operations in California's Central Valley. The tool estimates how much farmers can expect their profits to change after growing winter cover crops for a certain number of years. All values that are used … Continue reading Cover crop calculator – Economics Read the rest

Overcoming Barriers to Cover Crop use in Hazelnut Production

Shannon Cappellazzi, Abigail Tomasek, Nik Wiman This project will collect and communicate information that will help producers incorporate cover crops into hazelnut production. We will conduct a survey to identify the major barriers for grower adoption and aggregate data on the methods and practices local producers are using to make cover crops work. We will … Continue reading Overcoming Barriers to Cover Crop use in Hazelnut Production Read the rest

Cover Crops Database – UCANR

In an effort to make information on specific cover crop species available and easily accessible, the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program created the cover crop database, first released in 1999 (and it remains one of the most highly visited features of UC SAREP's extensive website). The database contains detailed entries for over 40 … Continue reading Cover Crops Database – UCANR Read the rest

Building on Farmer Experience to Increase Cover Crops Adoption in Orchards and Vineyards

Sonja Brodt, UCANR This project is creating an online searchable database of best management practices as implemented in California's southern Sacramento Valley and North Coast regions, by orchard and vineyard growers experienced in cover cropping. The project will also provide detailed case studies of grower cover cropping strategies, organize field tours of successful cover cropping … Continue reading Building on Farmer Experience to Increase Cover Crops Adoption in Orchards and Vineyards Read the rest

OSU Cover Crop Topic Page

View resource: https://forages.oregonstate.edu/oregon/topics/cover-crops  The OSU Forage Information System project draws on Oregon Extension and research faculty with assignments in the areas of forage and livestock systems to develop an integrated information resource to support forage and livestock system operators, public land managers, and those who advise and support these entities with 24-7 access to accurate, … Continue reading OSU Cover Crop Topic Page Read the rest

Estimated Costs for a winter cover crop in an annual crop rotation

View the full link here: https://coststudyfiles.ucdavis.edu/uploads/pub/2022/09/28/2022covercropsbenefits.pdf This cost study models the planting and management of a winter cover crop in a summer crop rotation planted in the lower Sacramento Valley of California. The rotation may include processing tomatoes, corn, sunflower, safflower, sorghum, and/or dry beans, as well as other summer annual crops. This study models … Continue reading Estimated Costs for a winter cover crop in an annual crop rotation Read the rest

Equipment to manage Cover Crops in Annual Rotations

View the newsletter here: https://cesutter.ucanr.edu/newsletters/Agronomy_Notes86733.pdf. One of the challenges with incorporating cover crops into annual rotations is uncertainty about which equipment can be used to manage them, specifically around cover crop termination. Last year UCCE Farm Advisors Sarah Light and Amber Vinchesi-Vahl hosted an equipment showcase field day specifically for cover crop management. One of … Continue reading Equipment to manage Cover Crops in Annual Rotations Read the rest

Ecosystem Services and Cash Crop Tradeoffs of Summer Cover Crops in Northern Region Organic Vegetable Rotations

Read the full article here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fsufs.2021.635955/full Authors: Vivian M. Wauters1, Julie M. Grossman2*, Anne Pfeiffer3 and Rodrigo Cala4 1Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, United States2Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, United States3Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI, United States4Cala Farms, LLC, Turtle Lake, WI, United … Continue reading Ecosystem Services and Cash Crop Tradeoffs of Summer Cover Crops in Northern Region Organic Vegetable Rotations Read the rest