Green Manure Mulch and Cover Crop for Orchards

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $2,691.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: apples, general tree fruits


  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Crop Production: cover crops, organic fertilizers, tissue analysis
  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
  • Pest Management: mulches - living, physical control, mulching - vegetative
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, soil quality/health

    Proposal summary:

    To deliver nitrogen to apple trees, the farmer will develop a test block in her orchard to compare green manure, compost from off the farm, and no treatment and then use soil and leaf samples to test for nitrogen delivery. She will also measure shoot growth and evaluate fruit for size, color, sugar content, firmness, and tree productivity. The results will be offered at a growers’ meeting and, if the results prove interesting, a report will be offered in a fruit grower’s publication.

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