Our Trial: Sunn Hemp as a Cover Crop

Finally, a real farm post! We planted sun hemp on our farm as a late summer/early fall cover crop.  Like everything else in life and farming, Sunn Hemp has some pros and cons but was overall quite impressive and we will probably plant it again.  We planted it as part of a federal study to help people solve problems on farms.  We were looking for a midsummer cover crop that would fix nitrogen, prevent erosion and not be a draw for deer. We received a small grant and free seeds to participate in the study. On the sunny side, sunn …

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Now Starring (drumroll please) the Cover Crops

On a farm, cover crops usually play supportive roles at best.   Unglamorous crops like clover and vetch never get the shiny magazine spreads reserved for trendy heirloom tomatoes or the newest hydrangea cultivar.  They just quietly hold down the soil, fix nitrogen, provide food for the pollinators and create biomass to enrich the soil.  It sounds like enough to me for a starring role, but cover crops are almost always considered second fiddle to the crops. But right now, the cover crops are having their moment to shine. The crimson clover is topped with dramatic red blossoms, the vetch is covered in …

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