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Green manures & cover crops: Advantages & disadvantages (Best4Soil Factsheet)

{Tool} Green manures & cover crops: Advantages & disadvantages (Best4Soil Factsheet). Creator(s): Michel, Vincent; Grand, Alfred and Schlathölter, Michaela. Issuing Organisation(s): Best4Soil, Agroscope, Vermigrand, P. H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard. Best4Soil Factsheet. (2020)

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Summary

In general, cover crops have positive effects on soil struc¬ture, soil erosion, reducing nutrient leaching, weed sup¬pression and feeding the soil microbiome. Some species used as cover crops can also fix nutrients (nitrogen by legumes) or make nutrient more available (phosphorus by buckwheat). Used as green manures, they also help to sequester carbon.
This tool provides you with the most important thing to consider when using cover crops or green manures in your crop rotation, like choosing the right species mixtures to fit your goals, importance of timing and special benefits.
This tool is relevant for all practitioners utilizing, or considering using, cover crops in their crop rotation.


EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:Cover crops belong to different plant groups (families) so their impact as promotors or inhibitors for soilborne diseases and nematodes has to be specifically chosen.
What solution does the tool offer?:It is critical to consider your goals, and how different species or mixtures can help you achieve them.
Country:Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Type of Practice Tool:Leaflets & guidelines
Keywords:cover plants, weed control, green manures, soil fertility, soil management
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
cover plants
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1936
English
weed control
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8345
English
green manures
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3375
English
soil fertility
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7170
English
soil management
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7176
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > BEST4Soil
Switzerland > Agroscope
Germany > Other organizations
Austria > Other organizations
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:817696
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39115, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/43486, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/43487, https://www.best4soil.eu/, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/posts/431361875443119, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1490668080510480390
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:43486
Deposited On:26 Jan 2022 20:09
Last Modified:02 Aug 2022 06:58
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Status:Published

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