Rye (Secale cereale L.) and hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth) intercrop management in fresh-market vegetables

Vasey N. Mwaja, John B. Masiunas, Catherine E. Eastman

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The effect of cover-crop management on growth and yield of 'Bravo' cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. Capitata L.), 'Market Pride' tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.), and 'Mustang' snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) was determined. Each fall, 'Wheeler' winter rye(Secale cereale L.) and 'Oregon Crown' hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth) were interseeded. The following spring, the cover crops were killed by either applying glyphosate and mowing (CC-G) or mowing and disking (CC-D). Trifluralin was preplant incorporated into bare ground as a conventional tillage (CT) treatment. In 1992 and 1993, a chicken (Gallus gallus L.) based fertilizer was applied to half the subplots. The greatest snap bean and cabbage yields were in CT. The system with the greatest tomato yields varied. In 1991, the greatest tomato yields were in the CT treatment, while in 1992 yields were greatest in the CT and CC-D treatments, and in 1993 the greatest yields were in CT and CC-G. Cabbage yields were greater in the fertilized than the unfertilized treatments. In 1992, infestations of diamondback moth, imported cabbageworm, and cabbage looper were greater in CT than in the CC-G treatment. Three years of the CC-G treatment increased soil organic matter from 3.07% to 3.48% and increased soil pH from 6.30 to 6.51, while neither changed in the CT. Chemical names used: N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine (glyphosate); 2,6-dinitroN,N-dipro'pyl-4-(trifluoromethyl) benzenamine (trifluralin).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)586-591
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Society for Horticultural Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Biological control
  • Brassica oleracea var. Capitata
  • Cabbage
  • Fertility
  • Integrated pest management
  • Lycoptrsicon esculentum
  • Phaseolus vulgaris
  • Snap bean
  • Tomato

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Horticulture


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