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Interests and limits


Factors studied

Positive effects


Negative effects

Work organization



- Need for a good knowledge of the plots on their ability to accommodate cover and good knowledge of the characteristics of weeds and cover plants.

- Possible need for additional interventions during the installation phase of the selected cover.


- Fewer herbicide purchases.


- Investment in material for the penning of the animals if necessary.

- Purchase of seeds or cuttings if establishing cover plants.

- Purchase of specific material to accompany cutlery.


- Enrichment of the soil with organic matter and nitrogen if a cover of legumes is introduced.

- Limitation of egg-laying or refuge sites for pests depending on the nature of the cover crop.

- Limitation of the risk of phytotoxicity on cash crops.

- Improved soil fertility.

- Limitation of erosion.


- Disruption of nesting or refuge sites for auxiliaries in the case of mechanized management.

Product qualities

- Less herbicide residues.


- Promoting biodiversity.


- Invasive risk if poor management, especially for perennial legumes.

Energy consumption

- Decrease if animals graze.


- Increase if weeding is managed mechanically.

Last change : 07/07/22