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Nancy G. Creamer and Mark. A. Bennett

12 ORAL SESSION 1 (Abstr. 001-008) Vegetables: Cover Crops/Culture and Management

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Samuel Y.C. Essah, Jorge A. Delgado, Merlin Dillon and Richard Sparks

There have been reports of cover crops increasing the yield of the following crops ( Clark, 2007 ; Dabney et al., 2010 ; Delgado et al., 2007 ). However, there is a need for additional research on the potential benefits that cover crops may have

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Thomas J. Trout, Lee F. Johnson and Jim Gartung

primary determinant of crop water requirement and most horticultural crops are grown with irrigation in water-short areas. Fractional canopy cover (CC) is a relatively easily measured property that is a good indicator of light interception. Several

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Joji Muramoto, Richard F. Smith, Carol Shennan, Karen M. Klonsky, James Leap, Miriam Silva Ruiz and Stephen R. Gliessman

soil organic matter, compost, recently incorporated crop and cover crop residues, and various organic fertilizers. Cover crops can provide an inexpensive source of N for crop production ( Smith, in press ; Wyland et al., 1996 ). Use of a legume

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Vasey N. Mwaja and John B. Masiunas

12 ORAL SESSION 1 (Abstr. 001-008) Vegetables: Cover Crops/Culture and Management

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John M. Luna, Daniel Green-McGrath, Ray William, Stefan Seiter and Tom Tenas

12 ORAL SESSION 1 (Abstr. 001-008) Vegetables: Cover Crops/Culture and Management

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Michel R. Wiman, Elizabeth M. Kirby, David M. Granatstein and Thomas P. Sullivan

Cover crops are gaining popularity in orchards and vineyards for their ability to improve soil health and increase biodiversity ( Ingels et al., 1998 ). Apple orchards typically have a weed-free zone in the tree row to reduce competition and

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Victoria J. Ackroyd and Mathieu Ngouajio

the government. Cover crops in the Brassicaceae family (brassica) such as oilseed radish, oriental mustard, and yellow mustard have been shown to decrease plant pathogen populations in the soil ( Sarwar et al., 1998 ). Cover crops in general provide a

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Raymond Kruse and Ajay Nair

tillage or herbicides. Although effective, herbicides and excessive tillage lead to environmental issues such as herbicide-resistant weeds ( Chatham et al., 2015 ) and reduced soil organic matter ( Reicosky et al., 1995 ). Cover crops are an alternative to

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Jose Linares, Johannes Scholberg, Kenneth Boote, Carlene A. Chase, James J. Ferguson and Robert McSorley

near tree trunks of young trees. The majority of Florida citrus growers interviewed in 2001 expressed a strong interest in the use of cover crops (CC) to prevent soil degradation and to suppress weed growth (Scholberg, unpublished). Cover crops may