Strip tillage is a form of conservation tillage that involves tilling
narrow strips for crop establishment while leaving areas between the strips with undisturbed crop residue. Strip tillage can reduce soil erosion and soil compaction, as well as machinery, fuel, and labor costs. Combined with winter cover crops, strip tillage...
Common vetch is a viny, succulent, annual legume attaining a height of 24 inches when planted alone. It grows taller when planted with a tall companion crop that provides structural support for climbing.
Crimson clover may be used as a
cover crop, green manure, pasture,
or hay. It often is used as a winter
annual cover crop in annual rotations.
It has been used successfully in
reduced-tillage farming systems, and
in orchards and vineyards where it
can be managed to reseed itself.
Hairy vetch is used as a cover
crop, green manure, pasture, silage,
and hay. It is capable of accumulating
large amounts of dry matter and
nitrogen. When planted alone as a
winter cover crop in annual vegetable
rotations, it can provide
substantial amounts of nitrogen (N)
to a following crop.
Cereal grains are grasses and may have a prostrate, semierect, or erect physical stature. All have fibrous root systems.
Barley, oats, triticale, and wheat are each comprised of hundreds of varieties whose growth characteristics vary considerably.
Cereal rye is an erect annual grass
with greenish blue, flat blades and an
extensive fibrous root system. It
resembles wheat, but usually is taller
(3–5 ft) and tillers less. Flowering is
induced by 14 hours of light in