nurse cropping, potato systems


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In the summer of 2016, a study was conducted at the Rogers Farm in Stillwater, Maine to study the effect of short-term nurse crops on potato yield and quality. The study was designed as a randomized complete block design with six replications. The study compared two sowing rates (winter rye at 100 vs. 200 lbs/ac) to 20 lbs of annual ryegrass or a check plot (no nurse crop). In addition, each of the winter rye treatments was either killed with an herbicide prior to one-pass hilling or just hilled. To address the question of how long to grow a NC, WR treatments were allowed to grow either three weeks or four weeks prior to being incorporated.

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University of Maine Cooperative Extension

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Orono, ME

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Cooperative Extension - Agriculture



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Nurse Cropping in Potato Systems



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