Aftercrop is the second crop the same year, grown between two main crops. It is predominately used to make green manure. Planting aftercrop is very important as it enhances soil fertility by providing nitrogen and other minerals.
Benefits of using aftercrop:
- It facilitates the growth of microorganisms that prevent weeds from spreading
- It helps extract minerals from deeper layers of the soil
- It loosens the soil
- It prevents washing away nutrients from the soil
- It supplies soil with minerals, mainly nitrogen
We distinguish between three types of aftercrop
- Winter after-crop – planted in autumn after harvesting the maincrop; harvested in spring the following year. Winter aftercrop includes: canola, rye, etc.
- Stubble crop – planted in the second half of summer, just after harvesting the early maincrop; harvested in autumn. Stubble crop includes: stubble turnip, field peas and yellow mustard seed.
- Intercrop- planted in spring with the maincrop – it remains in the soil until Autumn of the same year. (sardella sown with rye).