Quick Turnaround Cover Crops Before Brassicas

Part of a multi-farm trial on 5 farms asking the Research Question: Do spring planted cover crops benefit the production of late season brassica cash crops? Ryan’s Specific Questions: Experiment 1: Do cover crops benefit late season brassicas and does a...

Pea Variety Trial

A strong interest by organic and conventional farmers including larger market and CSA gardeners, in winter cover crops, particularly nitrogen-fixing cover crops, has stimulated Duane to investigate the possibility of using winter peas in that role.

Early Yield Pea Breeding Update

Duane is developing a truly winter hardy garden pea. Specifically, he is trying to combine the winter hardiness of Austrian Winter Field Peas with the qualities of a garden pea (Lincoln, etc). This type of pea could be planted in the autumn and would yield early peas...

Reduced Tillage for Fall Brassicas

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...

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