Weed management is extremely important in agriculture, as weed infestations can ruin the target crop. Two variants are often distinguished, i.e. chemical weed control and mechanical/biological weed control. The first variant makes use of herbicides, while the second variant makes use of mechanical weeding,  ploughing and target crop rotations. The best option is often a combination of the two: integrated weed management. Proper selection of crops in rotation may greatly contribute to weed suppression.  The table below provides links to existing practical information on the use of SICS weed management techniques. 

 Title  Language Country   Format  Description  Link
Crop rotation and its ability to suppress perennial weeds  EN  UK  Report    http://www.agricology.co.uk/resources/people-skills-rotations-organic-matter-cereals-oil-seeds-pulses-crop-nutrition-fertility

 

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Minimum Tillage Or No Tillage (Zero tillage) is a production system in which soil cultivation is kept to the minimum necessary for crop establishment and growth.  The table below provides links to existing practical information on the use of minimum tillage in agriculture.

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 Title Language Country Format  Description  Link
Cultivation techniques to protect soils EN UK Fact sheet Provides steps to success and a farmer case study http://www.theriverstrust.org/media/2017/04/Pinpoint-23.0-Cultivation-techniques-to-protect-soils-Minimum-tillage.pdf
Minimum tillage EN UK Technical Note Technical requirements for minimum tillage and three farmer case studies https://www.sruc.ac.uk/downloads/download/583/tn553_minimum_tillage
 No Till 101 EN USA Website American webpage with information on no-till systems. https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/topics/88-no-till-101
Soils 3: Compaction EN UK website, videos,  Farmers Academy webpage with videos and information on compaction.

https://www.fwi.co.uk/academy/lesson/soils-3-compaction

Minimum Tillage Guide

EN UK Guidance document Guidance on minimum tillage from Kuhn Farm Machinery company

http://www.kuhn.co.uk/internet/prospectus.nsf/0/

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Minimum tillage with imported poultry litter and crop rotations EN  UK  Farmer case study The effects and costs on a farm of implmenting minimum tillage over 10 years http://gya.co.uk/docs/Case%20study%2028.pdf

 

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Green manures are fast growing plants that are grown to cover bare soil.  They suppress weeds, protect soil from erosion and add structure.  The table below provides links to existing practical information on the use of green manures in agriculture.

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 Title Language Country Format  Description  Link
Sort Out Your Soil: a practical guide to Green Manures EN UK Guidance document Guide to green manure management and species details

https://www.cotswoldseeds.com/files/cotswoldseeds/

Cotswold_Green_Manures_final.pdf

Green Manures EN UK Website Royal Horitcultural Society webpage providing cultivating and selecting advice.

 https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=373

GREATsoils Videos/Webinars

 

EN UK Video AHDB website providing information in the form of videos including some featuring green manures.  https://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/greatsoils-videoswebinars

Green Manures - species selection

EN UK Fact sheet Horticulture Development Company factsheet on types of green manures.

http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/manage/authincludes/

article_uploads/iota/technical-leaflets/green-manures-species-selection.pdf

Green manures - effects on soil nutrient management and soil physical and biological properties

EN UK Fact sheet Horticulture Development Company factsheet on effects of green manures on soils.

http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/manage/authincludes/

article_uploads/iota/technical-leaflets/green-manures-effects-on-soil-nutrient-management-and-soil-physical-and-biological-properties.pdf

 

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Intercropping Intercropping is defined as the growth of more than one crop species or cultivar simultaneously in the same field during a growing season. The table below provides links to existing practical information on the use of cover crops in agriculture. 

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 Title Language Country Format  Description  Link
Guidelines for Intercropping EN USA Website American webpage with comprehensive links on intercropping.

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Crop-Rotation-on-Organic-Farms/Text-Version/Guidelines-for-Intercropping

The potential for companion cropping and intercropping on UK arable farms

 EN  UK Website, Report Webpage with information and link to a PDF resource: 'Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust Report'.  http://www.agricology.co.uk/resources/agroforestry-people-skills-cereals-oil-seeds-pulses/potential-companion-cropping-and

 

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cover crop  is a temporary vegetative cover that is grown to provide protection for the soil and the establishment of plants.  Many types of plants can be used as cover crops. Legumes and grasses (including cereals) are the most extensively used, but there is increasing interest in brassicas (such as rape, mustard, and forage radish) and continued interest in others, such as buckwheat.  The table below provides links to existing practical information on the use of cover crops in agriculture.   

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 TitleLanguageCountry Format  Description Link
Cover Crops: A practical guide to soil and system improvement EN UK Guidance document Information on the selection and management of cover crop options

https://www.agricology.co.uk/sites/default/files/

NIABTAG%20Cover%20Crops_lowres.pdf

Opportunities for cover crops in conventional arable rotations EN UK Fact sheet UK AHDB Cereals and Oils document introducing cover crops and providing case studies.

 

https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/media/655816/is41-opportunities-for-cover-crops-in-conventional-arable-rotations.pdf

A review of the benefits, optimal crop management practices and knowledge gaps associated with different cover crop species EN UK Report Comprehensive review of cover crops in the UK https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/media/1165709/rr90.pdf

 GREATsoils Videos/Webinars

 

EN UK

Videos/

Webinars

AHDB website providing information in the form of videos.  https://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/greatsoils-videoswebinars

Cover Crop: Farmer experiences

EN UK Real Life Case Studies These publications feature farmers talking about their experiences using cover crops

https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/media/1083447/1_Peter-Cartwright.pdf

https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/media/1083450/2_Richard-Reed.pdf

https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/media/1093321/3-David-Blacker-v2.pdf

https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/media/1083435/4_Phil-Jarvis.pdf (SoilCare Study Site)

https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/media/1083438/5_Tom-Bradshaw.pdf

https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/media/1083441/6_Russ-McKenzie.pdf

https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/media/1083444/7_Jake-Freestone.pdf

Cover Crop Basics EN US Guidance document A Cover Crop Guide including information on understanding quality, seed cost, species information and performance as well as recipes for success https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/59338734/cover-crop-basics-getting-started
Conserving Water with Cover Crops EN  Germany  Article   Discussion on the consumption of water by cover crops  https://www.dsv-seeds.com/export/sites/dsv-seeds.com/extras/documents/interesting-articles/Innovation-3-2016_CONSERVING-WATER-WITH-COVER-CROPS.pdf
Boosting on-farm soil organic matter with cover/catch crops EN, IT, SP, PL   Fact sheet  Fact sheets from the EU SmartSOIL project

http://smartsoil.eu/fileadmin/www.smartsoil.eu/WP5/Factsheets/

SmartSOIL_factsheet_cover-crops.pdf (EN)

http://smartsoil.eu/fileadmin/www.smartsoil.eu/WP5/Factsheets/
SmartSOIL_factsheet_cover-crops-italian-final.pdf (IT)
http://smartsoil.eu/fileadmin/www.smartsoil.eu/WP5/Factsheets/
SmartSOIL_factsheet_cover-crops-spanish-final.pdf (SP)
http://smartsoil.eu/fileadmin/www.smartsoil.eu/WP5/Factsheets/
SmartSOIL_factsheet_cover-crops-polish-final.pdf (PL)

 

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