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    SOIL COVER: AGF sales and research agronomist Jade Killoran and Mark McLean from Concongella Landcare are pictured with participants of a cover-crop workshop at Joel Joel.

AgLife: Cover crops topic of discussion

Farmers have heard about ways to increase farm productivity through the use of cover crops.

Concongella Landcare group organised two sessions, the latest at Joel Joel, during March and October. 

Cover cropping is the practice of planting a crop between cash crops for the protection and improvement of soil.

The Landcare group’s Mark McLean, who helped host the events, said cover crops were gaining recognition from growers internationally as a plan for rebuilding soils and reversing the effects of wind and rain erosion.

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“Cover crops can be used to help build soil and minimise exposure to the elements, especially during the dry, harsh summer months,” he said.

The sessions included presentations from Jade Killoran from AGF seeds, who has studied cover crops at La Trobe University and has had several years of experience helping growers choose options that suit district conditions.

Ms Killoran provided information on the use of crop options that can be sown outside the conventional autumn sowing times. 

These included, sorghum, millet and forage brassica that could be sown in late spring to provide ground cover over summer and a source of stock feed in late summer, when pastures were usually completely grazed. 

Between 15 and 20 people attended each of the sessions, funded by Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and run with help from Project Platypus Landcare Network.

The entire October 30, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire October 30, 2019 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!