Drilling oilseed rape in a field© Tim Scrivener
A growing number of farmers are seeing real benefits in growing cover crops instead of overwintering bare stubbles, especially in northern France where they have been mandatory for 16 years. The issue that prompted compulsory cover crops in Brittany was nitrate pollution, explains Christophe DeCarville, product manager at Sly Agriculture. An estimated £11m of nitrogen a year was being lost into the sea from one river alone. See also: Short-term benefits pay for cover crop establishment So in 2000, cover crops […]