RESEARCH REPORT: Cover Crop Variety Trial 2015-2016
The latest iteration of PFI’s cover crop variety trial has been released: “Cover Crop Variety Trial 2015-2016.”
Cooperators evaluated fall and spring groundcover produced by cover crop entries in small, hand-seeded plots across the state. See all the entries in the table below.
Key Findings from the Present Iteration
- Cereal rye remains the most consistent cover crop performer concerning fall cover, overwintering capability and spring ground cover across locations and time.
- Brassicas (mustard, rapeseed, radish, turnip) generally produced as much fall ground cover as the small grains grasses in the present iteration of the trial.
- Hairy vetch and radish performed better than in past iterations, likely due to exceptional growing conditions in the present iteration.
The present iteration of the trial builds on previous iterations
Cover Crop Variety Trial, 2014-2015
Cover Crop Variety Trial, 2013-2014
Cover Crop Variety Trial, 2012-2013
This trial was made possible by the Walton Family Foundation. We would also like to thank Albert Lea Seed House, Green Cover Seed and Arvegenix, LLC for providing seed for this project.
View more PFI Research Reports. For more information about this study and other studies as part of PFI’s Cooperators’ Program, contact Stefan Gailans at stefan@practical farmers.org.