Intercropping: Utilizing More Efficiently the Acres that we have
Intercropping is a sustainable practice for organic farmers that not only benefits weed management but also has financial benefits. Ward Middleton, Midmore F...
Corn yields with perennial cover crop are equal to traditional farming
Farmers can still see yields of more than 200 bushels per acre while using cover crops to protect the soil, improve water quality and capture carbon in the soil, according to new research.
Rotational No-till and Mulching Systems for Organic Vegetable Farms
Original air date: January 20th, 2015Main Presenter: Jan-Hendrik CroppIntroduction - 1:01Planting into Transferred Mulch - 9:34Organic No-till with Cover Cro...
Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition - SARE
Managing Cover Crops Profitably explores how and why cover crops work, and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation. Along with detailed management information on the most commonly used species—including grasses, grains, brassicas and mustards, and legumes—Managing Cover Crops Profitably offers chapters on the role of cover crops in […]
Ultra early spring cover crops are extremely important for no-till organic systems. They are very underutilized. Flax, peas, and fava are some of the best since they are so easy to terminate.
Dolichos bean, Lablab bean, Hyacinth bean, Field bean, Common bean, Indian bean, Pole bean, Kidney bean, Bonavist bean, Waby bean, Lubia bean, Tonga bean, Kikuyu bean, Seim, Avare, Avarai, Anumulu, Wal, Mochai, Bata
Hyacinth Bean is great at inter-cropping for nitrogen fixation during the summer. It is very disease resistant, very drought tolerant, and can adapt to almost any environment. Use caution since it is perennial and can only be terminated with a hard freeze or deep tillage.
Reduced Tillage in Organic Vegetable Production Webinar
This webinar will take you along Helen Attowe's 25 year journey to develop a reduced tillage organic vegetable production system.
Flax makes a fantastic cover crop if planted in the very early spring. If you do not get several hard freezes after planting, then you probably planted too late. It will sprout before weeds and then choke them out with its thick root mat. Since it has so few leaves, it allows the sun to warm the soil thereby avoiding the problem most cover crops have. Mow 2 weeks before planting. If planted thick enough, weed suppression can last 4-6 months.