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Title: Cover Crop Basics for Nutrient Management

item Meisinger, John

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/16/2006
Publication Date: 12/16/2006
Citation: Meisinger, J.J., Clark, A.J. 2006. Cover Crop Basics for Nutrient Management. Meeting Abstract.

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Technical Abstract: Cover crops are an under-utilized tool in Mid-Atlantic agriculture. Among their many benefits, cover crops supply N for the next crop and/or conserve residual N, and have great potential to improve soil quality. Before using cover crops, growers must identify niches within their cropping system and understand how to select and manage the cover. This session will address basic agronomic practices including: selection, planting and killing in various cropping systems, and challenges such as water use and re-seeding. Nutrient management benefits of covers will be discussed, including N scavenging, increased organic matter (carbon sequestration), and N fixation potential. A list of cover crop information resources will be available for attendees.