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Cover crops and soil health

Cover crop selection for vegetable growers - There are many ways to incorporate cover crops on a vegetable farm or in a garden. Depending on the crops being grown, there are distinct windows of time when a cover crop can fit into a rotation. This page highlights the different windows of time that cover crops can be planted and specific cover crops that grow well in each window.

Reducing tillage intensity in vegetable crops - Reducing tillage provides long-term benefits to soil health. Soils that experience reduced tillage tend to have more stability, resistance to compaction, improved water holding capacity, less erosion, and enhanced biological activity.

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