Organic Farmers Share Soil-Health Benefits of Cover Crops and Reduced Tillage

A group of California organic vegetable farmers is sharing their experiences with cover crops and reduced tillage as part of a Conservation Innovation Grant, reports University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. The project highlighting crop production system alternatives had intended to host a field day in March, showcasing Teixeira & Sons Farm’s 30 years of using cover crops. Research showed that a mowed and mulched cover crop on the surface of the soil helped prevent as much as five inches of moisture from evaporating. Systems with no-till and cover crops have a 20% higher water-holding capacity. The group of organic farmers is coordinating a number of cover crop, tillage, and mulch experiments.