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About covercropper

G'day, I'm a grain grower in the NW Wimmera area of Victoria, Australia. This blog is to share my journey of exploring cover cropping here, mostly summer mixes /cocktails. How to, what, when, will it work in improving our soils, productivity and profits?

NYJER in a cover crop cocktail mix

Nyjer as a Cover Crop Mix choice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guizotia_abyssinica Aka niger, noog/nug, nyger, nyjer, or Niger seed; ramtil or ramtilla; inga seed; and blackseed.  It also gets called niger thistle, but it is not a thistle.  Powers-that-be also implore us to pronounce it Nyjer, not Nigger. It is an erect, … Continue reading

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Twitter

The more I see about cover cropping being toyed with in Australia, especially via Twitter.com, the more I feel redundant, as if “my work here is done”.  And anything else I can add will verge on rambling, when there plenty … Continue reading

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David Cook, Nuffield Scholar

David Cook with wife Tracey, on right, with hosts Ulrich, Beate and Clemens Tink, on David’s Nuffield Scholarship European tour. I want to promote the blog of David Cook, of Shepparton, Vic, Australia.  http://davidcooknuffield2013.blogspot.com.au/  I’ve met David on a few … Continue reading

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Summer Cover Crop Trial Feb 2014 Week 2

Summer Cover Crop Trial Feb 2014 Week 2 After week 1 the weather was cooler, not many days over 30C.  These tropical plants still grew noticeably.  It made me wonder if I had, again, missed the boat for a real … Continue reading

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Summer Cover crop in Texas

The Yanks are “miles” ahead of us in cover cropping experience, and their no-till magazines are often highlighting articles about success stories, (or example stories). ‘ “Hot, dry weather is exactly why you would want to plant a summer cover … Continue reading

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Summer Cover Crop Trial Feb 2014 Week 1

Summer Cover Crop Trial Feb 2014 Week 1 What a difference a good soaking and hot soil will do, after 7 days. These pics are the plants so far, which have germinated, size being relative to the icypole sticks.  Some … Continue reading

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Summer Cover crop trial Jan 2014

Summer Cover Crop Trial Jan 2014. The garden sized trial for early 2014 is sown, and watered, finally. So it will be a “February germination” trial. And from past lessons learned, the walk rows are wide, I can and will … Continue reading

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