Final Report for FNE99-263
Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE99-263.
Rye is grown as a winter cover crop in Maryland to stablize soils (reduce erosion) during winter and to capture nutrients, which leads into groundwater and eventually enter the Chesapeak Bay. Rye may be plowed in the spring with conventional tillage prior to planting or the rye may be killed with herbicides followed by no-tillage planting of crops. The latter method is used for corn and soybeans in Maryland and this study was an evaluation of transplanted watermelons grown in un-tilled rye cover crop.