Cover crops have many described uses, but choosing the right one for your
operation is not a simple matter. Management costs need to be compared to
their utility; e.g. for disease control. The results of field experiments
conducted in NY, OH, and MD evaluating different cover crops for tomato
production will be discussed.
Dr. Brian McSpadden Gardener works as plant pathologist and microbial ecologist at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, where he also directs the the Organic Food Farming Education and Research program. His research focus on the influence of microorganisms on soil and plant health particularly in organic systems. Find his website at http://plantpath.osu.edu/mcspadden-gardener-lab/
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