Organic Farming Research Foundation reports that it has provided a grant for research to test cover-crop termination alternatives that don't require the use of expensive equipment. Justin Keay at Lincoln University in Missouri will lead the project, which will test four terminations on a fall-planted hairy vetch/rye mix: (1) crimper rolled, (2) solar killed, (3) flail mowed, (4) sickle bar mowed. Researchers intend to measure the effects of these methods on soil health, arthropod communities, weed suppression, and yield in a summer squash production system, and provide economic analyses to determine the viability of each production system. Results will be shared with the public.
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