Regeneration of fallow fields for vegetable production

Farmer: Eric Barnhorst

Farm: Eva Mae Farm

Region: East

Publish Date: August 11, 2021

Article Type: Research Project

Research Priorities: Cover Crops 

Eric compared five methods of preparing fallow land for vegetable production with respect to soil regeneration and cost to implement.

In a Nutshell

  • Cover crops with micronutrient amendments increased active carbon, a sensitive indicator of soil health and soil regeneration potential.
  • Micronutrient amendment alone did not increase active carbon; and Eric saw no added benefit with respect to soil health of adding chicken manure or woody compost with cover crops.
  • Balancing cost and soil health benefits, Eric will focus on micronutrient application and full season cover crops in areas that require regeneration.