Cover Crops

Elbon (cereal) Rye –

Mustard – All below from Hoss Tool here.

Broadleaf Mustard is a cool-season cover crop that is one of the best for managing soil pests and pathogens. The residue from this cover crop produces a chemical compound called glucosinolate, which suppresses many common pests and diseases. It is the best cover crop for suppressing and reducing nematode populations and harmful soil fungi. Mustard can also reduce insect pests and weeds population as it decomposes.

Broadleaf Mustard is able to scavenge nitrogen from surrounding soils and make that nitrogen available for the subsequently planted crop. It also provides a significant amount of biomass that will increase the organic matter composition of soils, improving soil tilth, and quality. The significant biomass is also important for erosion control. 

Broadleaf Mustard Planting Information:

  • Season: Cool
  • Planting Depth: 1/4?
  • Seeding Rate: 0.5 lb per 1,000 sq. ft.
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