College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology

Deep Rooted Cover Crops Research

R. RAY WEIL ENGAGING IN A TEACHING MOMENT WITH ONE OF HIS STUDENTS.
Dr. Ray Weil of the University of Maryland's Department of Envisirionmental Science visited Harborview Farms last week to establish some cover crop experimental plots. The 20-acre plot will assess the nutrient capture of deep rooted cover crops. The goal of deep rooted cover crops is to keep nutrients, such as nitrogen, out of the Chesapeake Bay. 
 
This trial will be replicated three times, and it includes cover crops such as tillage radish, cereal rye, and a three-way mix (triticale, tillage radish, and crimson clover) with two different planting dates. A section of the field will serve as a control plot for comparison. Stay tuned for additional updates on these experimental plots.
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