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Multi-species summer cover crop in protected vegetable systems (DiverIMPACTS Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Multi-species summer cover crop in protected vegetable systems (DiverIMPACTS Practice Abstract). [Artenübergreifende Sommerbegrünung in geschützten Gemüsesystemen (DiverIMPACTS Practice Abstract).] Creator(s): Perrin, Benjamin; Laure, Parès and Lefèvre, Amélie. Issuing Organisation(s): INRAE - National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment. (2021)

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This cover crop mixture provides biomass which is crushed and incorporated into the soil. Benefits include improved organic matter and soil structure, reduced risk of nitrogen leaching (the C/N ratio of the cover crop ranges from 10 to 40) and improved weed, pest and disease management. Cover crop mixture botanical families should differ from that of the vegetables to increase rotation diversity and contribute to the management of soilborne pathogens.

Summary translation

Diese Deckfruchtmischung liefert Biomasse, die zerkleinert und in den Boden eingearbeitet wird. Zu den Vorteilen gehören die Verbesserung der organischen Substanz und der Bodenstruktur, die Verringerung des Risikos der Stickstoffauswaschung (das C/N-Verhältnis der Deckfrucht liegt zwischen 10 und 40) und eine bessere Bekämpfung von Unkraut, Schädlingen und Krankheiten. Die Pflanzenfamilien der Deckfruchtmischung sollten sich von denen des Gemüses unterscheiden, um die Vielfalt der Fruchtfolge zu erhöhen und zur Bekämpfung von Krankheitserregern im Boden beizutragen.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Learn about the benefits of cover crops in vegetable systems.
What problem does the tool address?:In protected vegetable systems of the Mediterranean area, having bare soil for several weeks in late summer, post cash crop harvest, may induce soil degradation. Providing a soil cover in any period is key to preserve the soil's biological activity and maintain good agronomic conditions (e.g. soil structure) for the following crops.
What solution does the tool offer?:A mixture of Sudan sorghum (Sorghum drummondii), buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) and fodder pea (Pisum sativum subsp. Arvense)can be used as a cover crop at the end of summer under plastic greenhouse systems in the South of France. These species all grow fast and so provide a suitable cover crop in a few weeks. The higher the biomass production the better the crop is at delivering expected benefits.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:cover crops, cover plants, rotational cropping, crop rotation, multiple cropping
Agrovoc keywords:
cover crops -> cover plants
crop rotation
protected cultivation
vegetable crops
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Diverimpacts
France > INRAe - Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727482
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/44459, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/44454
Project ID:OFK
Deposited By: Rüger, Madelaine Lea
ID Code:44459
Deposited On:19 Sep 2022 14:28
Last Modified:19 Sep 2022 14:28
Document Language:English

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