Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm
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.
Iowa State University
Portz, Dennis N. and Nonnecke, Gail R., "How Pretreatment Cover Crop and Conventional Management Practices Affect Strawberry Plant Growth and Yield, Pest Populations, and Soil Characteristics" (2007). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 868.