Reduced Tillage for Fall Brassicas

Farmer: Ryan Spence and Isabelle Spence-Legault

Farm: Field Good Farms

Region: North

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.


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