Lethbridge (Farming Smarter) – Farming Smarter, working with Yvonne Lawley from the University of Manitoba, is experimenting with cover crops for southern Alberta. In side by side blocks, technicians plant one block with a cover crop and leave the other without.
They will use various crops as cover on various typical Alberta commercial crops. Here are the project objectives:
Objective 1: Quantify the potential for cover crop growth across a range of cover crop windows and growing environments in Prairie Canada.
Objective 2: Evaluate the reliability of cover crop establishment within annual crop rotations across a range growing environments in Prairie Canada
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Objective 3: Evaluate the impact of cover crops in crop rotations on crop yield and quality across a range of growing environments in Prairie Canada
Objective 4: Evaluate the impact of cover crops on soil quality across a range of growing environments in Prairie Canada
Objective 5: Quantify the environmental impact of cover crops on N2O fluxes in three growing environments in Prairie