Few practices are described to reduce the accumulation of pests in the soil from perennial growth of grapevines. However, cover crops can be used in rotation with vineyards to improve soil characteristics and suppress pests such as weeds and nematodes. The objective of this study was to compare plots that were hand cultivated, treated with herbicide, or rotated with two monoculture cover crops, and their influence on grape vine growth, weed and nematode proliferation, and soil characteristics.
Iowa State University
Portz, Dennis N. and Nonnecke, Gail R., "TheEffects of Hand Cultivation, Herbicide, or Monoculture Cover Crops: Rudbeckia hirta and Panicum virgatum on Grapevine Growth, Pest Populations, and Soil Characteristics" (2008). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 700.