Reduced Tillage for Fall Brassicas
Farmer: Ryan Spence and Isabelle Spence-Legault
Farm: Field Good Farms
Publish Date: February 6, 2018
Article Type: Research Protocol
Research Priorities: Cover Crops
Ryan wants to see if they can reduce soil tillage/weed cultivation and irrigation requirements for fall brassicas. To do this, he will trial a mix of fall rye and hairy vetch cover crop, which will be crimped and used as mulch the following season for late-season broccoli in northern Ontario. He expects that they can build enough biomass by early July to establish a suitable mulch when crimped for late season brassicas in the northern Ontario. This will reduce the need for weed cultivation (tillage) and irrigation.