Description: A cover or green manure crop is typically grown during the fallow year. A cover crop protects the soil from wind and water erosion and controls weeds, whereas a green manure crop is primarily grown to supply organic matter to the soil. These crops also capture mineral nutrients, such as phosphorus and iron, in a readily-available form. The cover crop is plowed down in the late summer to allow time for the organic matter to decompose.
Image location: United States
Specimen in collection: No
Name: Thomas D. 'Tom' Landis
Organization: USDA Forest Service
Country: United States
Series:Introduction to Forest Nursery Management