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Improving Soil Physical Properties Through the use of Cover Crops: A Review

Soil erosion and degradation is a serious global issue, but one way to reduce soil erosion and sustainably manage soil and its nutrients for increased productivity is through the incorporation of cover crops (CC). By covering the soil, both living CCs and their residues can reduce evaporation and help conserve soil moisture. Compared to not using cover crops, studies have shown that using cover crops have benefitted soil physical properties, improved soil organic carbon, and increased water retention and infiltration. In this review, published papers on CCs and soil physical properties were collected to summarize the results to discuss the influence of CC on soil physical properties.

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