Cover cropping as a weed management tool in southern Australian farming systems.

Hanwen Wu, Eric Koetz, De Liu, Min An, Deirdre Lemerle, James Pratley

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Control options are limited for weeds developing herbicide resistance. Alternative management strategies are needed for improved control. A cover crop is defined as a crop grown to provide soil cover and to prevent soil erosion, regardless of whether it is later incorporated. Cover crops have been shown to possess multiple benefits to farming systems as a result of protecting soil from erosion, increasing water infiltration, improving soil structure and fertility, contributing to carbon sequestration and improving soil health (Yenish et al. 1996; Sainju and Singh 1997). Cover crops can also immobilize available nitrogen after harvest and reduce the amount of nitrogen leached (Brandi-Dohrn at al. 1997). Cover crops have been extensively studied for weed management in North America, but such information is scarce in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th conference proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationHot topics in the tropics
Place of PublicationBrisbane, QLD
PublisherQueensland Weeds Society
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9780646488196
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event16th Australasian Weeds Conference - Cairns, Australia, Australia
Duration: 18 May 200822 May 2008


Conference16th Australasian Weeds Conference


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