A UK survey of the use and management of cover crops

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dc.contributor.author Storr, Tom
dc.contributor.author Simmons, Robert W.
dc.contributor.author Hannam, Jacqueline A.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-18T15:19:18Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-18T15:19:18Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02-06
dc.identifier.citation Storr T, Simmons RW , Hannam JA. (2019) A UK survey of the use and management of cover crops. Annals of Applied Biology, Volume 174, Issue 2, March 2019, pp. 179-189 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 0003-4746
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1111/aab.12488
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/13912
dc.description.abstract There is a growing trend in the use of cover crops in the United Kingdom, and whilst research shows there are many soil and environmental benefits, little is known about the farmer's perspective of cover cropping. A survey was designed and distributed to ask farmers about their use and management of cover crops. The online survey received 117 usable responses between January and March 2017, following distribution through social media in the United Kingdom. The survey highlighted that 66% of respondents used cover crops following harvest in 2016. Respondents observed benefits to soil structure, soil erosion control and water infiltration in addition to reductions in the use of chemical fertilisers, herbicide and fuel use. Of those not using cover crops, 90% would consider their use in the future if additional information on their use and benefits were known in a UK context. Changes to the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme guidelines for cover crops would have been welcomed by 71% of respondents using cover crops. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Wiley en_UK
dc.rights Attribution 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ *
dc.subject cover crops en_UK
dc.subject environment en_UK
dc.subject policy en_UK
dc.subject soils en_UK
dc.title A UK survey of the use and management of cover crops en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK

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