Rotations of cover crops with cropping systems have been found to improve soil quality, reduce erosion, and suppress pests such as nematodes and weeds. Cover crops can provide a sustainable alternative to chemical pesticides by reducing pest accumulation, while preventing the degradation of soil structure. The objective of this study was to investigate how different cover crops affect weed and nematode populations and soil physical, chemical and biological properties when used in replant sites with Vitis spp. (grape) compared with conventional tillage or herbicide treatment.
Iowa State University
Portz, Dennis N. and Nonnecke, Gail R., "Soil Pretreatment Management Practices Effects on Grapevine Plant Growth, Pest Populations, and Soil Characteristics" (2007). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 880.