Late November brassica cover crop. (Alex Wilson) Crimson clover cover crop at the end of April. (Virginia Sykes) Cover crop residue persisting in soybean crop in mid-July.
No-till cover crops key to soil health,
BY RON SMITH
FARMERS UNDERSTAND THE beneﬁts of improving or maintain-
ing soil health, and most have adopted at least some conserva-
tion practices over the last few decades.
Potential for improvements remain, however, says Virginia
Sykes, assistant professor, Department of Plant Sciences, Univer-
sity of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Knoxville.
“In addition to reduced soil erosion, conservation oﬀers other
beneﬁts, including ﬁnancial advantages,” Sykes says.
Cover crops, for instance, provide nitrog
Late November brassica cover crop. (Alex Wilson)
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