Cover cropping demo grows.
THE start of March normally sees the only activity in the paddock application of soil toners such as gypsum or lime or a spot of late summer spraying, should farmers be lucky enough to have received February rain. However, The Land says Wimmera farmer Tom Dunstan is sowing a series of cover crops across the state as part of a Victorian No-Till Farmers Association (VNTFA) project. The concept behind the trials was to improve soil health through retaining a cover over the summer fallow period. The VNTFA, together with five Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) and the Victorian Department of Resources, came up with the idea for the trials following presentations from American soil health experts on the benefits of cover cropping in the US.