Whether it’s to fix nitrogen, protect against erosion or to do both these and provide grazing or green feed, cover crops are a key component of Ontario crop rotations. While many farmers are content with oats, red clover or ryegrass, the options for cover crops are seemingly endless.
Christine Brown, cover crops specialist with OMAFRA, walked us through the cover crop demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. She highlights the pros and cons of different choices and why you might choose one over the other. In upcoming videos, she’ll also talk about oilseed radish selection and cover crop mixes to suit each farm’s unique goals of using a cover crop.
For a great example of how different cover crops root and impact the soil, watch this video with Nicole Rabe, OMAFRA.
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