Cover Crop Plus – Winter Mix

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Cover Crop Plus Mix is a unique blend of 13 species which combines all the benefits of cover cropping with species that provide high levels of biomass, nitrogen fixing legumes, soil improvers that improve soil structure and health and species that attract beneficial insects. It is suited to a wide range of soil types and conditions.

Cover crops provide protection to what may be bare soil for a large portion of the year. By planting a variety of species creates biodiversity providing benefits for the environment.

Choosing cover crops with strong root structures or are legumes will provide many benefits to your soil structure and nitrogen fixing by the legumes. If densely planted they will provide protection against soil erosion as well as preventing pests and suppressing weeds.

Cover crops improve the soils by a blanket of biomass over the soil to ensure water infiltration and retention. By mulching the cover crop further benefits are achieved by firstly maintaining the cover for the benefits mentioned above but also adding organic matter and carbon to the soil once decomposed.

Planting a selection of different species for a cover crop is the crucial element to provide biodiversity that can assist in promoting the health of your soil.

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Cover Crop Plus components:

Parafield Peas and Common Vetch are nitrogen fixing legumes that has a strong root structure and provide a high level of biomass.

Icon Lucerne is a perennial legume that has a deep root system producing high levels of biomass and flowers that attract beneficial insects.

Cereal Rye is fast to establish and provides high levels of biomass. With its extensive fibrous root system, it absorbs unused nitrogen in the soil and increases the concentration of exchangeable potassium near the soil surface.

Amass Italian Ryegrass is quick to establish and competes well with the different species to produce a high level of biomass and with its deep root system provides access for the other species in the mix to follow the roots down deeper for nutrients and moisture, especially if there are compaction problems in the soil.

Safeguard is an Annual Diploid Ryegrass that is fast maturing has a strong root system providing good biomass above and below the soil surface. An additional benefit is it is ARGT Resistant.

Saia Oats, highly productive that is fast establishing and produces high levels of biomass. Excellent producer of organic matter and carbon since also has an extensive root system. Also helps to control some nematodes.

Riverina Subterranean Clovers will produce across a wide range of soils and is nitrogen fixing. With its upright growth habit it provides a good addition to the mix in further increasing biomass levels.

Hobson Forage Brassica with their large leaf area and rapid growth are good for weed suppression and is good for reducing surface compaction.

Chicory is a herb that has a very strong tap root which can extract moisture from deep in the soil, providing access for other species in the mix roots to follow. The flowers attract beneficial insects.

Arrowleaf and Crimson Aerial Seeded Clovers. The combination of early and later flowering aerial seeded subterranean clovers will give a good spread of production and flowering.

Tillage Radish. Excellent cover crop to assist in breaking a compaction layer in the soil. Being deeply rooted it will relocate nutrients further down in the soil profile and bring them back to the surface when decomposition starts. Also produces high levels of biomass, especially below the surface.

  • Recommended pH Rate: 5+
  • Recommended Rainfall Rate: 450mm+
  • Recommended Sow Rate: 35 to 50 kgs/ha

(Increased sowing rates will increase the interplant and weed competition assisting in reducing the weed burden and the requirement for early herbicide applications).