Managing cover crop residues in vegetable production

Cover crops are great tools for soil management. Their benefits can include improving soil structure and health, reducing erosion and weeds, adding nitrogen and contributing to weed and disease control.

Managing the transition from cover crop to cash crop is a key factor in determining the successful integration of cover crops into your farm. With cover crops able to produce more than 100 tonnes of fresh plant material per hectare, the transition needs to be well managed to prevent problems in the following cash crop.

The aim of this fact sheet is to outline key factors and the management options for the successful transition from cover to cash crop.

Also check out these resources

Hear a growers perspective on cover crops when Robert Hinrichsen from Kalfresh, Qld, talks about his experience with cover crops.

Learn more about cover crops from this webinar on the benefits, applications and issues of cover crops in Australian horticulture. Presented by Dr Kelvin Montagu and Julie Finnigan.