Cover Crops & Cotton

Cover Crops & Cotton

Haylie Shipp
Haylie Shipp
With your Southeast Regional Ag News, I’m Haylie Shipp. This is the Ag Information Network.

Cover crops and cotton. If it’s something you’ve been pondering on, Dr. Hunter Frame, a field crops agronomist with Virginia Tech Agricultural Research and Extension Centers, says to think first about the outcomes you want to achieve…

“When growers think about planning or selecting cover crops, they need to already have a plan in place in terms of do they want high biomass, do they want nitrogen fixation, erosion control or just participation in one of the government programs out there.”

He says your objectives on how you want to manage those cover crops are going to change you decisions about what to establish…

“Different cover crops have different characteristics which make them fit better niches.”

He says it all goes back to that end game.

“As far as planning your system, again goals and as an agronomic approach, what are my goals? And then what species and what varieties of cover crops are going to allow me to achieve that goal. Really the only way to know that is by researching and figuring out what you need to be growing to achieve those agronomic goals.”

Again Dr. Hunter Frame, a field crops agronomist.

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