Cover Crops - Debbie Rauhe Cover Crops - Central California...

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Cover Crops - Central California Type Name Period Uses Grain Barley Annual Grain Rye Fall-Winter Annual Grass Winter Annual Grass Summer Annual Legume Winter Annual Legume Field peas Winter Annual Life Cycle Winter- Late Spring Prevents erosion Adds organic matter Suppresses weeds Scavenges nutrients Prevents erosion Adds organic matter Suppresses weeds Scavenges nitrogen Absorbs unused nitrogen (best cereal crop for this) Annual ryegrass Prevents erosion Improves soil structure Improves drainage Adds organic matter Suppresses weeds Scavenges nutrients Sorghum- sudan Drought resistant Builds soil Suppresses weeds Suppresses nematodes Loosens subsoil Crimson clover Nitrogen source (*warm climates) Builds soil Prevents erosion Forage crop Reseeds inter-row ground cover Nitrogen source (plow-down) Suppresses weeds Forage crop
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Legume Medics Year round Annual Legume Fall/Winter Annual Legume White clover Perennial Legume Fall/Winter Annual Prevents erosion Nitrogen source Builds soil
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