Growers Scott and Kent Samwell from Eastbrook Vegetable Farms in South Australia have always used cover crops to rest the soil between brassica plantings and prevent erosion on their hilly land.

In the past, they have mainly planted rye grass and oats. Over the past 4–5 years, they have been supported through the Soil Wealth/ICP projects in trying new types of cover crops, including rye grass mixed with legumes. They continue to be interested in investigating further options, including rye grass, faba beans, vetch and triticale, and potentially lucerne and rye corn.

A new case study from the Soil Wealth project presents insights and lessons from these cover crop trials and the use of Integrated Pest Management at the Eastbrook Vegetable Farms demonstration site in Mt Barker in South Australia. To read the case study, click here.