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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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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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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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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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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

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Robert L. Meagher Jr., Rodney N. Nagoshi, James T. Brown, Shelby J. Fleischer, John K. Westbrook, and Carlene A. Chase

Sunn hemp, Crotalaria juncea L., is a warm-season legume that is planted before or after a vegetable cash crop to add nutrients and organic matter to the soil ( Cherr et al., 2006 , 2007 ; Mansoer et al., 1997 ; Wang et al., 2005 ). This cover