Mustard as a cover crop:

  • Acts as a natural bio fumigant
  • Generally winterkills (at 26 degrees F)
  • Easy to kill with herbicides and tillage
  • Provides alleopathy weed control
  • Helps “clean up” problem fields where nematodes are a problem
  • Hinders the germination/survival of ryegrass and other cover crops…may be used to clean up a problem cover crop ryegrass field
  • New varieties are superior to VNS or wild mustard for nematode or weed control/suppression

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