Cover crop use is increasing in the Pacific Northwest, but information is not readily available on the growth potential, biomass production, adaptability, and bloom period of warm season cover crop species and/or varieties for this region. A study was conducted in 2015−2016 at the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Plant Materials Center in Corvallis, Oregon to evaluate commercially available summer cover crops for the Willamette Valley of western Oregon. The replicated trial included ten warm- season species that were evaluated for emergence, canopy cover, vigor, pest and disease susceptibility, bloom period, plant … Read the rest
This page provides a brief overview of cover crops and introduces the many covercrop resources available from SARE – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. The other publicationsintroduced on this page cover a range of topics including economics, soil health, selection, rotations and management. … Read the rest
This publication is a general, but though resource for using cover crops. It includes chapters on the various roles of cover crops (ex: fertility and pest management) and including cover crops in rotations. The book provides details on many species including grasses, grains, brassicas and mustards, and legumes.