Publications by Weil Lab

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No-till seeded spinach after winterkilled cover crops in an organic production system by Natalie Lounsbury and Ray Weil. 2014. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.

University of Maryland Forage Radish Fact Sheet by Ray Weil, Charlie White, and Yvonne Lawley. 2009. — A thorough introduction to using forage radish as a cover crop.

Managing Forage Radish Cover Crop that Fails to Winterkill (starts p. 3): Includes information on mowing, herbicides, and effective methods for killing forage radish.

No-till Spring Vegetables: Let the Cover Crops Do the Work for You (starts p. 4): from the University of Maryland Fruit and Vegetable News.


Many previous graduate students in the Weil lab have worked to further our understanding of cover crops. Publications (click for pdf) include the following:

Chen, G., R.R. Weil and R. Hill. 2014. Effects of Compaction and Cover Crops on Soil Least Limiting Water Range and Air Permeability. Soil & Tillage Research 136:61-69

Lawley, Y.E., J.R. Teasdale, and R.R. Weil. 2012. The mechanism for weed suppression by a forage radish cover crop. Agronomy J. 104:205-214.

Chen, G., and R.R. Weil. 2011. Root growth and yield of maize as affected by soil compaction and cover crops. Soil and Tillage Research 117:17-27.

Lawley, Y., R.R. Weil, and J. Teasdale. 2011. Forage radish winter cover crops suppress winter annual weeds in fall and before corn planting. Agronomy J. 103:137-144.

C. M. White and R. R. Weil. 2011. Forage radish cover crops increase soil test Phosphorus surrounding holes created by radish taproots. Soil Sci. Society of America Journal. 75:121-130.

Gruver, L.S., R.R. Weil, I.A. Zasada, S. Sardanelli, and B. Momen. 2010. Brassicaceous and rye cover crops altered free-living soil nematode community composition. Applied Soil Ecology.

White, C.M. and R. R. Weil. 2009. Forage radish and cereal rye cover crop effects on mycorrhizal fungus colonization of corn roots. Plant and Soil 328:507-521.

Chen, G., and R.R. Weil. 2010. Penetration of cover crop roots through compacted soils. Plant and Soil 10.1007/s11104-009-0223-7.

Dean, J.E., and R.R. Weil. 2009. Brassica cover crops for N retention in the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain. J Environ Qual 38:520-528.

Weil, R., and A. Kremen. Thinking across and Beyond Discipines to Make Cover Crops Pay. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 87:551-557.

Williams, S.M., and R.R. Weil. 2004. Crop Cover Root Channels May Alleviate Soil Compaction Effects on Soybean Crop. Soil Sci Soc Am J 68:1403-1409.