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Monmouth, OR 97361​

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Benefits of Cover Crops 

Forage Production

 NitroRadish® and TNT Vetch® are excellent for grazing in mixes. Cover crops can often product 3 to 6 tons of dry matter per acre in the cash crop "off-season."

Erosion Control

Cover crops provide erosion control. Fast-growing cover crops, such as most annual species, hold soil in place. Fallow fields often lose tons of topsoil per acre each year.

Weed Suppression

Vigorous cover crops can significantly suppress the germination and/or growth of weeds, reducing the amount of herbicide use.

Deep Soil Tilth

NitroRadish® can break soil compaction up to 3 feet deep or more, allowing crops to mine deeper nutrients and moisture.

Increase Organic Content

Organic content is essential in increasing water infiltration, water-holding capacity, and improving beneficial micro-organism activity in the soil.

Nutrient Storage

Cover crops provide erosion control. Fast-growing cover crops, such as most annual species, hold soil in place. Fallow fields often lose tons of topsoil per acre each year.

Forage Production

Many cash crop producers are also beef or dairy producers. Some cover crop species/products are excellent forage quality. NitroRadish® and TNT Vetch® are excellent for grazing in mixes while TNT Vetch can also be used in a hay/silage mix. These cover crops can often product 3 to 6 tons of dry matter per acre in the cash crop "off-season."

Improved Water Infiltration

Cover crops can significantly increase water infiltration/drainage and water-holding capacity.

Increase Organic Content

Organic content is important for numerous reasons, including increasing water infiltration and water-holding capacity (creating more drought-tolerant fields) and improving beneficial micro-organism activity in the soil.

Improve Soil Tilth / Break Soil Compaction:

One of the most common factors that limit crop yield potential is the presence of hard-pans (compacted soil layers). These hard-pans prevent corn, soybean, wheat, and other crop roots from penetrating deep into the soil. As a result, the crops are more susceptible to drought and have few nutrients available to them. Soil compaction can also prevent water infiltration, which further increases drought susceptibility and can delay spring planting. NitroRadish® has shown to break soil compaction up to 4 feet deep.

Soil Temperature Modification:

The University of Maryland discovered that radish cover crops increased spring soil temperatures by 6 to 8 degrees F compared to fallow fields. The likely reasons are the decaying process of plant matter generates heat and the darker decaying plant matter on the soil surface absorbs more light/heat. Warmer spring soil temperatures can facilitate faster crop germination and early season growth.