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cover crop effects on soil structure (pics)
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Posted 11/20/2012 15:35 (#2707721)
Subject: cover crop effects on soil structure (pics)

I recently took some photos of cover crop effects on soil structure that may be of interest.

the 2 shining stars on the farm this fall in terms of promotion of granular crumb structure seem to be annual ryegrass and phacelia.

WIU Agriculture

pic1 = close up of phacelia including a flower (a very small # of plants are blooming)

pic2 = phacelia roots at the soil surface

pic3 = granular soil structure under phacelia

pic4 = annual ryegrass roots at the soil surface

pic5 = granular soil structure under ARG

pic6 = Turbo-tilling a cover crop cocktail mix including sunflowers, sunnhemp, soybean and barley

pic7 = soil structure under cover crop cocktail

Edited by jbgruver 11/20/2012 15:49








Attachments Phacelia.jpg (86KB - 90 downloads)
Attachments Phaceliarootsatsoilsurface.jpg (93KB - 86 downloads)
Attachments Phaceliagranularstructure.jpg (97KB - 80 downloads)
Attachments ARGrootsatsoilsurface.jpg (93KB - 92 downloads)
Attachments ARGgranularstructure.jpg (102KB - 91 downloads)
Attachments TurbotillCCcocktail.jpg (66KB - 87 downloads)
Attachments tripleSSbarleygranularstructure.jpg (93KB - 76 downloads)
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