Open Access Mini Review

Cover Cropping in Rainfed Fruticulture

M Ângelo Rodrigues*, Soraia Raimundo and Margarida Arrobas*

Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Portugal

Corresponding Author

Received Date:December 21, 2018;  Published Date: January 09, 2019


A significant part of the world’s fruticulture is rainfed managed. Olive, almond and vine are some of the perennial crops whose social and economic importance is huge throughout the Mediterranean basin and which mostly continue to be grown in rainfed conditions. Cover cropping is the most recommended soil management system in fruit growing. However, in rainfed managed orchards, soil tillage continues to dominate, and the use of herbicides is also widely used. In rainfed conditions there is a high risk of competition for water between herbaceous vegetation and trees, which makes difficult the widespread use of cover crops.

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