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

USDA NRCS Evaluation of Spring Seeded Cover Crops in Colorado, Montana and North Dakota

Read the report here. Link: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/natpmtn13647.pdf Plant Materials Centers in Bridger, MT, Bismarck, ND and the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center, Meeker, CO conducted a 2-year evaluation of over 50 commercially available varieties of black oats, black seeded oats, cereal rye, crimson clover, daikon radish, hairy vetch, red clover, and winter/field pea to assess their … Continue reading USDA NRCS Evaluation of Spring Seeded Cover Crops in Colorado, Montana and North Dakota Read the rest

USDA NRCS Evaluation of Cool Season Cover Crops in the Southwest Region

Read the report here. Link: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/natpmtn13595.pdf Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) in Tucson, AZ, Lockeford, CA, Meeker CO, Los Lunas, NM and Fallon, NV conducted a 2-year evaluation of 56 commercially available varieties of black oats, black seeded oats, cereal rye, crimson clover, daikon radish, hairy vetch, red clover, and winter/field pea to assess their adaptation … Continue reading USDA NRCS Evaluation of Cool Season Cover Crops in the Southwest Region Read the rest

USDA NRCS Evaluation of Cool Season Cover Crops in the Northwest

Read the report here. Link: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/natpmtn13594.pdf Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) in Aberdeen, ID, Corvallis, OR, and Pullman, WA conducted a 2-year evaluation of 56 commercially available varieties of cereal rye, hairy vetch, crimson clover, red clover, winter/field pea, black oats, black seeded oats, and daikon radish to assess their adaptation and performance as cover crops … Continue reading USDA NRCS Evaluation of Cool Season Cover Crops in the Northwest Read the rest

Cover Crop Performance and Adaptation Trials at NRCS Plant Materials Centers

Link: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/plantmaterials/technical/publications/?cid=nrcseprd1610414 The information from this resource contains reports and technical information related to the performance and adaptation of cover crops in different part of the Unites States. Farmers rely on the latest crop variety trials to make informed decisions on planting the best adapted crop variety to maximize yield given their soils and production … Continue reading Cover Crop Performance and Adaptation Trials at NRCS Plant Materials Centers Read the rest

On-Farm Cover Crop Use, Evaluation, and Data Sharing with the Western Cover Crop Council

Doug Collins, Extensions Specialist, Washington State University On-Farm Cover Crop Use, Evaluation, and Data Sharing with the Western Cover Crop Council. This project supports on-farm cover crop demonstrations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Demonstrations will show how cover crop variety and management practices affect specific management goals. We are developing simple and systematic cover crop … Continue reading On-Farm Cover Crop Use, Evaluation, and Data Sharing with the Western Cover Crop Council Read the rest

Soil health outcomes of sheep grazing of cover corp in vineyards

Amélie Gaudin, Associate Professor of Agroecology, Department of Plant Sciences This research explores how biodiversity and animal re-integration through grazing cover crops impacts soil ecosystems and functions in vineyards. We are specifically interested in how sheep grazing impacts understory plant community productivity and species composition and how these interactions alter soil functions such as the … Continue reading Soil health outcomes of sheep grazing of cover corp in vineyards Read the rest