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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

Buckwheat makes a good summer cover crop for gardens

Need a summer cover crop to add nutrients to your garden's soil? Try planting buckwheat.

Jul 18, 2014 | News Story

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

IPM soilborne diseases of cereals

Presentation by Kurtis L. Schroeder, Cropping Systems Agronomist & Plant Pathologist, on Soilborne Diseases of Cereals: Identification and Management for the Integrated Pest Management Website hosted by Umatilla County Extension Service.

Cynthia Ocamb | Mar 2018 | Video

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 | Fact Sheet

Gardening Publications and Resources

A list of some of our most popular and useful publications.

Jul 2018 | Collection

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

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

Exploring Cover Crops in Central Oregon

Cover crops receive a lot of attention for the many benefits they can provide, such as: weed suppression, erosion prevention, improved water infiltration and water holding capacity, improved nutrient cycling, and the creation of ...

Clare Sullivan | Dec 2018 | Article

Turfgrasses and Lawn Care in Eastern Oregon

Today, turfgrass is the single largest irrigated crop in the United States and covers three times the land area of any other cultivated crop. An estimated 40.5 million acres of grasses are planted in residential, commercial and...

Richard Smiley | Jan 2018 | Article