Cover crop­ping demo grows.

Australian Farmers & Dealers Journal - - News Briefs -

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.

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