Comparative Rotational/Cover Cropping for Weed Suppression

Final Report for FNE94-047

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1994: $325.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1994
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
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Mr. Gil experimented with three cover crop mixtures and sequences to see how effective they were for weed suppression. These were 1) spring wheat, plowed down after first frost-free date and followed by Japanese millet and alfalfa, 2) rape, buckwheat, Dutch white clover, sorghum/sudangrass, and soya, and 3) oats, field peas, and hairy vetch. Each trial was planted on 1/3 acre.

He found that the alfalfa in trial #1 was smothered by the millet which, having gone to seed, proved a pest in subsequent years. Trial #3 was generally successful, though the vetch came up late, and therefore poorly, as it was crowded by the oats and peas. Trial #2 appeared the most successful.


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