Buckwheat sown as a cover to allow grass seedlings to establish and prevent soil drying in the sun

Cover crop mixtures increase agroecosystem services

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Planting a multi-species mixture of cover crops – rather than a cover crop monoculture – between cash crops, provides increased agroecosystem services, or multifunctionality, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Increasing grassland species improves pollination and yields

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Grasslands cover 30–40% of European agricultural areas. Agri-environmental schemes leading to even small changes in grassland biodiversity could elicit extensive benefits. A new study on working farms in southwest England highlights the contribution of the plant diversity of the grassland to the abundance and diversity of insect pollinators and their potential to increase crop yields. […]

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