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Disease risk high in corn after using cereal rye as cover crop

Cover cropping is a promising approach to reduce some of the negative environmental impacts of production agriculture. Cover cropping also has its risks, especially if dying cover crops encourage disease pressure that passes on to the next crop. Researchers set out to describe the microbiology of dying rye cover crop roots and how their microbial communities changed over time in a field setting. What they unexpectedly discovered was the potential for elevated disease risk in corn following the use of cereal rye as a cover crop. | READ MORE