Grounded Grapegrowing

 

Choosing the Best Cover Crops for Your Soil

October 2009
 
by Glenn McGourty
 
Brassica campestris
 
Mustards such as Brassica campestris (above) are some of the most popular cover crop choices for grapegrowers using dry farming methods.
During two conferences this summer, I made presentations on cover cropping, and for the most part, my information was graciously received. There was one exception -- an organic grower from Napa who informed me that my approach was totally wrong and probably harmful! He manages several hundred acres organically and dry farms the vineyards as well. (He was very respectful in presenting his opinion, I might add.) From a dry land vineyard perspective, he was correct that my suggestion of using no-till cover cropping would not be a good choice.
 

 
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