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Winter cover crops improve soil properties in organic cropping systems.

Talgre, Liina; Madsen, Helena; Eremeev, Viacheslav; Alaru, Maarika; Reintam, Endla; Kahu, Greete; Loit, Evelin and Luik, Anne (2017) Winter cover crops improve soil properties in organic cropping systems. In: Aakkula, Jyrki; Hakala, Kaija; Huhta, Harri; Iivonen, Sari; Jurvanen, Ulla; Kreismane, Dzidra; Land, Anita; Lähdesmäki, Merja; Malingen, Matti; Mikkola, Minna; Nordlund-Othen, Janne; Nuutila, Jaakko; Peetsmann, Elen; Piskonen, Sirpa; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Skulskis, Virgilijus; Tahvonen, Raija; Taskinen, Sirpa; Ullvén, Karin; Wibe, Atle and Wivstad, Maria (Eds.) NJF Seminar 495 - 4th organic Conference: Organics for tomorrow's food systems, 19 - 21 June 2017, Mikkeli, Finland, 13 (1), NJF Report, pp. 51-53.

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Summary

An introduction of winter cover crops (wcc) into the crop rotation had a positive impact on soil quality in organic cropping systems. Wcc alone and in combination with composted manure enriched soil with organic matter, activated soil life (increased number of earthworms and higher soil microbial activity - FDA), increased soil pH value, and supported nutrient cycling and soil formation.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:winter cover crops, manure, soil pH, soil nutrients,
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Research affiliation: Estonia > Estonian University of Life Sciences
European Union > CORE Organic Plus > FertilCrop
International Conferences > 2017: NJF Seminar 495 - Organics for tomorrow's food systems > 1. Tuning up sustainable organic production
ISSN:1653-2015
Deposited By: Talgre, PhD Liina
ID Code:31243
Deposited On:19 Jun 2017 09:16
Last Modified:04 Jan 2018 00:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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