- Follow the effect of the cover crop treatments at the large plot and tramline trials established in autumn 2017 on the yield of the current spring crop (harvest 2018) and following winter crop.
- Assess soil physical (structure), biological (earthworms) and chemical (organic matter) properties at these sites in spring 2019
- Evaluate the legacy effects of the cover crop treatments at the Cambridgeshire large plot trial and 2016 tramline trials on soil properties and the yield of the winter crop
Complete a cost-benefit analysis for all of the trial sites.
Outcomes / Key Message For Growers And Industry
Early establishment of cover crops is essential to ensure good cover and maximum benefits.
Increased rooting in the cover crop may result in increased rooting in the following spring crop in situations where the spring crop established well. This will need to be confirmed by on-going work
Cover cropping can result in increased moisture retention in the topsoil, which may impede establishment of the following spring crop