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Evaluation of Drought Tolerant Cover Crops for California’s Central Valley

Winter cover crops are grown infrequently by farmers in California’s Central Valley because dry seasons are common over the winter. The potential requirement for irrigation during a dry year serves as a barrier to increased implementation of cover crops and growers frequently leave fields fallow.  This study was conducted at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lockeford Plant Materials Center (PMC) with the objective to evaluate cover crop species as alternatives and additions to the standard triticale.

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