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Cover Crops

Cover crops used correctly as part of your soil management strategy can deliver a range of benefits.

They help to ensure fields remain covered all year round, particularly where spring crops are part of the rotation.

Our cover crop mixes are developed based on a rigorous R&D process, understanding what species are best suited to different systems.

Technical Advice and Information for Growers

Benefits of Cover Crops

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Which Cover Crop to Grow

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Establishing Cover Crops

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Drilling the following Crop

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Explore our range of Cover Crops

White Mustard

Braco

Beet cyst nematode reducing variety.

WHITE MUSTARD – BRACO

Phacelia

Stala

Reliable, fast establishment.

PHACELIA – STALA

Black Oats

Toscane/Luxurial

Good establishment & Soil Structure.

BLACK OATS – TOSCANE/LUXURIAL

Forage Rye

Humbolt/Powergreen

Reliable, quick ground cover.

FORAGE RYE – HUMBOLT/POWERGREEN

Purple Spring Vetch


Useful as a companion crop for OSR.

PURPLE SPRING VETCH – BINGO/TITANE

Common Vetch

Argon

Very good strong root system to improve soil structure

COMMON VETCH – ARGON

Crimson Clover

Heusers Ostsaat

Faster establishment and good biomass.

CRIMSON CLOVER – HEUSERS OSTSAAT

Berseem Clover

Tabor

Tabor is a single cut variety that will not regrow if topped.

BERSEEM CLOVER – TABOR

Buckwheat – LIFAGO

Fagopryum/Tataricum

First choice companion variety for OSR.

BUCKWHEAT (FAGOPYRUM TATARICUM) – LIFAGO

Common Buckwheat

Fagopryum Esculentum

More attractive to beneficial insects.

COMMON BUCKWHEAT (FAGOPYRUM ESCULENTUM)

Hairy Vetch

Hungvillosa/Rea

Capable of fixing nitrogen with medium fast establishment.

HAIRY VETCH – HUNGVILLOSA/REA

Asian/Daikon Radish

Very large, strong tap root, good for soil structure improvement.
Large root scavenges and holds more nutrients.

ASIAN/DAIKON RADISH

Oil Radish

Toro

Very strong tap root will break through compacted soil.

OIL RADISH – TORO

Nematode Reducing Varieties

NEMATODE REDUCING VARIETIES

Cover Crop Mix 1

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Cover Crop Mix 2

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Cover Crop Mix 3

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Cover Crop Mix 4

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Cover Crop Mix 5

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Structurator

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Regenerative Mix

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N Capture and Fix

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Eco Soil Protector

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Spring Cereal Soil Fertility Builder

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Forage Crop Mix

Forage Cover Crop Mix

DIY Base Mixtures

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Agrii Crops oil seed rape canola

Companion Crops for OSR

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Backed by Research

Our advice on cover crops is based on the results and experiences of the Agrii R&D trials into all aspects of the use of cover crops since the trials program started in 2014.

We recognise the opportunities that cover crops offer to improve soil organic matter and farm sustainability, but also understand the challenges with establishment and management.

Our research aims to help answer these questions, ensuring growers have the best chance in maximising their benefits and maintaining, if not improving, crop productivity.


The interest in utilising catch, cover and companion crops as part of a sustainable farming system is increasing year on year as growers look towards minimal tillage and improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) as methods to reduce establishment and input costs, whilst improving the health of their biggest asset, their soils in the longer term.

The move to minimal tillage needs to be planned and managed to reduce the potential negative effect on crop yield which remains the key driver of profitability. The Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme and the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) options within it offer an opportunity for growers to be supported on this journey.

We continue with the Agrii R&D trials to evaluate new species and varieties, establishment techniques, companion cropping and soil biota changes across a range of soil types to enable us to offer you the benefit of the knowledge gained.

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