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crop planted to prevent soil erosion and provide green manure

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In addition, at least one of the fields of cover crops butted onto a road.
A report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds cover crops can suck tons of carbon pollution from the air, significantly cut crop losses and prevent the loss of a trillion gallons of water.
Continued efforts to improve yield and crop characteristics will help establish these crops (especially camelina and pennycress) as legitimate cash cover crops for the Northern Corn Belt," Eberle and her coauthors write in their journal paper.
Drilling winter wheat directly into cover crops sprayed with Roundup |(main) and (inset) corn begins to pop up through soybean stubble on an Iowa farm.
We like fertilizing in the fall to allow the winter rains to carry the fertilizer deep into the soil as it passes through the mulch, cover crops, or tilled soil.
Irrigation was not usually required for the winter cover crops, but it was occasionally applied at sowing to improve plant establishment.
USDA-ARS scientists and ASABE members Rob Malone and Dan Jaynes with Tom Kaspar are using the Root Zone Water Quality Model (RZWQM) to assess how winter rye cover crops in corn-soybean rotations could mitigate nitrate loads in field drainage water.
Attendees will be able to learn about the different types of winter cover crops available, the merits of each variety and how to best establish them.
100 acres rented out to 11 neighboring farmers, under contracts that they employ no-till and cover crops.
Plant cover crops around harvest to keep living roots growing in the soil for as much of the year as possible.
The use of cover crops is one measure that has been taken in agricultural production in order to increase environmental protection and to encourage sustainable use of natural resources.
The legumes that function as cover crops and grasses are an important source of food for animals but they are also valuable because they return nitrogen to soil and help prevent water erosion, which maintains soil quality and acts as a natural fertilizer.
Planting cover crops improves soil fertility and moisture by making soil less vulnerable to drought or heat waves.
Additionally, soil carbon levels were higher in the organic walnut orchard blocks (which had greater inputs of organic matter) and the Oakville plots with cover crops than in the Nickels almond orchard, which did not have cover crops.
Cover crops THE use of cover crops is not compulsory in the Nitrates Directive, though they are being considered as a CAP reform greening measure.