Improved soil structure, nutrient retention and enhanced soil organic matter levels are just some of the suggested benefits associated with cover cropping, but does the strategy directly impact on weed populations?
Poor soil health is contributing to the development of serious black-grass problems on many farms. But there are cultivation and crop residue strategies which can help, says soil and tillage expert Steve Townsend.
With some farmers sceptical about the viability of cover crops, the Allerton project hosted an event which focused on the benefits they can offer and provided advice on how they can be managed for best results.
Adopting a more targeted approach to oilseed rape management saw Yorkshire farmer Steven Tuer achieve an unofficial world record last harvest, following a steady increase in crop yields over the past five years.