Farm

Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

The benefits of rotating cover crops within a cropping system include improved soil quality and suppression of pests,such as weeds and nematodes. Few studies compare native plants as rotation cover crops in cropping systems to more conventional cover crops. The use of cover crops in rotation with strawberry may provide an alternative to chemical pesticides, reduce the degradation of soil structure, and provide a potential cash crop of seeds and biomass. The objective of this study was to investigate how different cover crops affect pest populations and soil properties when used in rotation with strawberry compared with conventional tillage.

Copyright Owner

Iowa State University

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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