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Managing Cover Crops for Tidewater Region

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Tidewater region ( with dark mineral soils and organic (muck) soils prone to wind erosion, poor drainage, frost heaving) 

Fall/Winter crops Spring/Summer crops
Legumes (can help with wind erosion- need early planting for sufficient growth) Hairy vetch (suited to poorly drained soils than crimson clover, More N supply than clover, rye, resistant to fluctuating climate)
Small grains (helps against nitrate leaching) Fescue (Cool season grass, can be grown in fall/winter in Blackland and mineral soils- tackles water erosion, suited in corn-soybean rotation) Barley ( As a companion crop with vegetable crops in spring, as windbreak)

Cereal rye

( tolerance to wet and acid soils, help against wind erosion in muck soil)

Forage soybean (suited to wet soils, should be avoided with cash crop soybean)
Wheat (help against wind erosion in muck soil) Coastal bermudagrass ( suited to dark surface mineral soils)
Oats
Alkaligrass ( can grow in wetland marsh areas)
Brassicas (reduction in nitrate leaching) Daikon radish
Other brassicas (Canola, Turnips, Kale, Collards, Mustards)