Anyone who’s attended a Kerr Center horticulture workshop in the last umpteen years has been exposed to the idea that crop rotations confer numerous benefits both on the soils they’re carried out on, and on the crops that grow in those soils. Studies hot off the academic presses have just added more support to the notion.
Field Notes – August 2016
In the heat of August, activity in the garden winds down, and livestock stick to the shade. It’s a good time for planning, and this month, we offer some ideas for inspiration.
David Redhage shares his experience with setting up effective bluebird houses.
The livestock program has published a new fact sheet on grazing management. It details the practices used on the Kerr ranch, as well as the thinking behind them.
Even in the dog days of summer, there are native plants in flower, providing nectar and pollen to pollinators. Our guide to flowering periods can point you to some of the most prominent species.
A new national cover crop survey provides more evidence in support of the practice – including increased crop yields.Field Notes – August 2016 (PDF, 450 KB)