Surveys to gauge farmer use and perception of cover crops were taken at two arable conferences, with 55 respondents in NI and 77 in ROI (132 respondents in total). Growers used cover crops mainly to improve and maintain soil structure in an overall bid to enhance soil health in ROI, whereas in NI it was predominantly for forage. The impact of subsidies provided by Ireland and its stipulated policy influences species choice, and farmers were more likely to plant cover crops after later harvested commercial crops, e.g. September. Compared to growers in NI, who were found predominantly to plant after crops harvested in August. In ROI, 63% of respondents receiving subsidies would continue to use cover crops if this monetary incentive ceased.
- Agronomy and Crop Science
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Maximising the benefits of cover crops through optimising the use of rotations, nitrogen fertiliser and organic manuresAuthor: Cottney, P., Dec 2021
Supervisor: Williams, P. (Supervisor), Black, L. (External person) (Supervisor) & White , E. (External person) (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy