Cover crops

Cover crops are crops grown for the enrichment of the soil and another great way for farmers to farm with fertilizers. These crops are essentially grown to cover the soil rather than for the purpose of being harvested. Cover crops manage soil erosion, soil fertility, soil quality, water, weeds, pests, diseases. Cover crops can be planted/grown at difference times of the year, but best planted early in the rainy season to harness their full benefits in the soil. We have also grown cover crops in our orchards in between the trees utilizing the space. Red or black sunn hemp are great cover crops to try to start with, but we are also utilizing other crops such as white pigeon pea, red pigeon pea, jack beans, sunflower, sorghum, pearl millet, cow pea. As the rains were finishing, we also planted teff and buck wheat as these crops are very good to enrich your soils your farm during off season. Just leaving the weeds to grow does no help to improve the soil as much as we need.

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