Cover crops: Research into practice

October 13, 2020

Cover crops are plants grown primarily to manage soil erosion, fertility and quality, and control pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife in an agroecosystem. They are especially important over winter when they can improve soil functions by increasing soil nutrient and water retentionCover crops also help to reduce the risks of soil erosion and surface run-off. 

To help us understand the benefits of cover crops: specifically, what different cover-crop species can achieve and how to manage them on different soil types and rotations, ADAS held a webinar on Tuesday, 6 October 2020. 

During the hour-long session, ADAS researchers shared knowledge and the results from recent research on covercrop management, including over-winter nitrate leaching losses and their effects on cashcrop yields and quality. ADAS Principal Soil Scientist Dr Anne Bhogal and Soil Scientist Dr Kate Smith outlined practical guidance on covercrop choice, management and potential benefits, and the research tools used to generate the advice.

Missed the webinar? Watch again below.