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Living on the Land: Guide to Growing Cover Crops

This publication is part of the Living on the Land series. It provides concise information on how to grow cover crops. Use the button below to download this publication as a PDF. Listen to the Living on the Land podcast ...

Brian Tuck | Jan 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Soil Improvement and Cover Crop Resources for Small Farms

Even though different soils have some properties that cannot be changed, such as texture, soil quality can be improved by implementing good management strategies. Soils can be improved for water holding capacity, drainage, structure,...

Apr 2018 | Collection

Instead of leaving soil naked, coat it with cover crops

Grow "green manure" to keep soil from eroding, weeds from exploding and to add nutrients.

Kym Pokorny | Jul 27, 2018 | News Story

OSU Organic Fertilizer & Cover Crop Calculator: Predicting Plant-available Nitrogen

Describes the OSU Organic Fertilizer & Cover Crop Calculator and using it to predict plant-available nitrogen.

Clare Sullivan, Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer, Nick Andrews | May 2019 | OSU Extension Catalog

Estimating Plant-Available Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops

This publication assists western Oregon farmers and agricultural professionals in determining the nitrogen fertilizer replacement value of winter cover crops. Includes information on plant-available nitrogen (PAN) basics; a site-specific, ...

Dan Sullivan, Nick Andrews | Nov 2012 | OSU Extension Catalog

The Phosphorus Dilemma

Explains water-quality issues related to excess phosphorus in surface waters. Provides specific ways for homeowners, commercial property managers, irrigated row crop growers, dryland farmers, ranchers, and confined animal feeding operators to reduce phosphorus loss to surface waters.

Clinton Shock | Oct 2007 | OSU Extension Catalog

Groundwater and Nitrogen Management in Willamette Valley Mint Production

Describes impacts of nitrogen overfertilization and uneven irrigation on groundwater in Willamette Valley, Oregon. Recommends that mint crop growers use stem testing to gauge nitrogen needs more closely and advises growers on how to improve irrigation system efficiency.

John Selker | Apr 2004 | OSU Extension Catalog

Function & Selection of Cover Crops

When selecting a cover crop for a particular field, keep the end in mind. How does the crop need to function? Are you in need of a permanent crop like grass to stabilize soil and reduce erosion? Or perhaps you’re ...

Melissa Fery | Dec 2009 | Article

Selecting successful cover crops for your hop yard

This fact sheet is designed to help guide commercial hop growers in selecting cover crops. The guide discusses benefits and considerations or cons for four different cover crop strategies: annual fall planted, annual spring ...

Betsy Verhoeven | Sep 2019 | Article

Establishing Winter Cover Crops

In theory cover crops can protect soil from erosion, improve soil tilth, supply nitrogen (N), reduce weeds, provide nectar and pollen for beneficial insects, increase the winter survival of mycorrhyza, help to manage soil-borne ...

Nick Andrews | Jan 2011 | Article