Cover crops lower soil surface strength, may improve soil permeability
AuthorsOlatunji A. Folorunso
Dennis E. Rolston
P Terry Prichard
Dianne T. Louie
Authors AffiliationsO. A. Folorunso is a Visiting Scientist from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria; D. E. Rolston is Professor of Soil Science, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, UC Davis; T. Prichrd is Water Management Specialist, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, UC Davis; D. T. Louie is Staff Research Associate, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, UC Davis.
Hilgardia 46(6):26-27. DOI:10.3733/ca.v046n06p26. November 1992.
Poor water penetration constitutes a major production constraint for more than 400, 000 acres of agricultural land in California. The associated economic losses are particularly appreciable in the production of fruit and nut crops. In response to a hypothesis that cover crops may improve water infiltration in orchards, studies were conducted at Davis and Ceres. After 3 years' study, results indicate major benefits are possible with the planting of cover crops.
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