A new SARE publication makes it easier to calculate how long it will take cover crops to pay for themselves – and offers tips to make it happen sooner.
Heirloom Variety Trial Report 2011: Organic No-Till Pumpkin Demonstration
In summer 2011, we demonstrated how cover crops might be killed mechanically to reduce tillage and provide a mulch cover for growing fall pumpkins. This demonstration did double duty as an observational trial for six different pumpkin varieties, many of which are heirlooms. This report presents the results of that no-till organic pumpkin trial, with transplanting into mechanically killed in situ mulches of three different warm-season cover crops: crotalaria, sesbania, and pearl millet.
Author: George Kuepper, Luke Freeman