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Cover cropping to prevent replant disease

Posted by Liz Griffith 
Cover cropping to prevent replant disease
March 09, 2016 09:37AM
Does anyone have experience with planting a mustard cover crop as a first step in renewing a row?

From what I've read, mustard (or even better, but much more costly--mustard seed meal) is very effective in preventing replant disease. We are contemplating adding a mustard cover crop at the very beginning of row-renewal; right now we do nothing to knock-back the previous trees' microorganisms before building things up again.

I know wheat is also used--Michael mentions it in "The Apple Grower". Has anyone compared the effectiveness of the two? Thanks in advance for any insight.

Door Creek Orchard
Zone 5a in Wisconsin
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