Cover Crop Solutions

Reduce grass weeds & chemical input.  Improve soil structure & your margins

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Discover how cover crops can greatly benefit your farm

Contact us to see how we can help on 0115 939 0202 or enquiries@agrovista.co.uk

 

Cover Crop Solutions

Our cover crop work at Project Lamport has been truly remarkable - providing you with pragmatic solutions for grass-weed control, using different husbandry approaches whilst harnessing breeders innovation. Our research means you can trust us to give you the best advice based on information learned from the industry-leading cover crop research and development centre. 

Agrovista has evaluated specific cover crop mixes which;

Create a platform to ease spring drilling, allowing a third crop
Are allowed as part of the EFA
Help with soil structure, to allow better water infiltration and soil drying
Help with increasing organic matter, soil micro flora and fauna

 

What components do i need in my cover crop?

Varieties that do not set seed before crop destruction
Species that do not create a long-term volunteer problem
Species that have different rooting habits - essential for soil structure improvement 
Species with low Carbon:Nitrogen ratio for better nitrogen utilisation
Species that do not create an extra pest or disease problem
•   Do they need to be EFA compliant?

Why use Vetch, Berseem Clover, Phacelia and Radish in Cover Crops?


Common Vetch

Excellent at nutrient recycling 
Extensive rooting system with good soil conditioning 
Excellent weed suppressant


Berseem Clover 

Single and multi cut varieties available. Multi cut varieties are not suitable for companion cropping.
High biomass production in the Autumn with powerful tap root and good soil structure properties
Tabor Berseem Clover will give fast mineralisation (low Carbon/Nitrogen ratio) and is very frost sensitive


Phacelia

Easy to establish and not as susceptible to pest damage as clovers or vetches
High biomass production with extensive root structure
Very attractive to bees and ideal in mixtures with Black Oats


Radish

Quick to establish with deep tap roots helping to break up compacted soils
Radish can help to trap residual nutrients for use in the following crop. Avoid where Oilsssed Rape is in the rotation.
High Carbon/Nitrogen ratio for slow release of nutrients back into the soil


Altesse Black Oats

Avena strigosa (Black Oats) varieties must be specifically bred to minimise seed production and shedding.

The oats also have to have a low Carbon:Nitrogen ratio.

Not all Avena strigosa species are equal;
some are early varieties that will grow too quickly and have the potential to set seed which may create problems in the following crop.
Avena strigosa should be mixed with a correct partner for the situation.

 

How do Agrovista researched Soil Health catch and cover crops work?

Researched and developed specific species to improve soil structs. 

Improved structure and soil condition using powerful rooting of the cover crop.

Reduce nutrient lesses from bare ground.

Reduce pest incidence associated with bare ground in summer, wheat fly bulb.

Improve water infiltration.

Improve organic matter while structuring and conditioning the soil.

 

 

 
 

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