Agricultural catch crop cultivation

AGRAVIS tips on successful techniques

Catch crop cultivation is only successful if various requirements are met in full. Nothing must be left to chance during sowing. The better a stock can develop, the more valuable the effect on soil fertility and the humus balance.

Many details help to ensure that the stock develops well.

Before sowing:

  • Ensure good straw crushing and even chaff spreading by the harvester.
  • Timely shallow stubble working in order to encourage volunteer grain to germinate.
  • Follow-up tillage depending on the location conditions, select planned catch crop and production technology of the farm:
  • plough in difficult locations before the catch crop, because ploughing before the main crop is often not possible.
  • Soil mixing with the cultivator can be done in one work step along with the sowing.
  • Soil loosening measures to eliminate any damaging compaction can also be combined with the catch crop sowing. The loosened soil structure must be stabilised with deep-rooted catch crops such as oilseed radish, rapeseed or lupins.

Cultivation techniques

Cultivation techniques, topsoil

The various sowing techniques can be used for the following topsoil mixes :

  • Drill technique: suitable for all topsoil mixes
  • Pneumatic seeder: suitable for all topsoil mixes
  • Spreader: suitable for the topsoil mixes kornpro EU, Waterprotect EU, universal EU and Senfplus EU