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Cover Crops: What a Difference a Few Weeks Makes!

Cover crops are the work horses of a vegetable crop rotation. They do the heavy jobs of adding organic matter, supplying nitrogen, and suppressing weeds. However, the biomass these allies produce (and therefore the N fixed or the organic matter added) strongly depends on when the crop is planted and how long it grows. Cover crops may survive when grown outside their ideal window ,but they will not do the heavy work they are capable of.

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