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  • Writer's pictureSven-Erik Jacobsen

Harnessing the Power of After-Crops and Winter Crops: A Sustainable Strategy for Farmers



In the rapidly evolving landscape of modern agriculture, we are continually seeking ways to bolster our productivity, profitability, and sustainability. One strategy that's increasingly emerging as a pillar of smart farming is the cultivation of after-crops and winter crops.


Improving Soil Health and Fertility

Healthy soil forms the foundation of a thriving farm. After-crops and winter crops contribute significantly to maintaining and improving soil health. They absorb excess nutrients, left after the previous harvest, thereby reducing the risk of nutrient leaching into water sources. Additionally, the root systems of these crops improve soil structure and reduce erosion, resulting in robust, fertile soil that bolsters the yields of your subsequent crops.


Tackling Weeds and Pests Naturally

The struggle against weeds and pests is a constant concern for farmers. But after-crops and winter crops provide the fields with a natural, cost-effective solution. By providing ground cover, these crops suppress weed growth, and they serve as a habitat for beneficial insects and organisms that can help control pests naturally. This strategy not only saves money on costly chemical treatments but also promotes a healthier and more balanced agroecosystem.


Reducing Erosion and Conserving Water

Erosion is a silent thief that can rob us of your most precious resource: your soil. By maintaining ground cover during fallow periods with after-crops and winter crops, you can protect your soil from both wind and water erosion. Moreover, these crops enhance water infiltration, helping manage water more efficiently, crucial in regions prone to drought or heavy rainfall.


Mitigating Climate Change

As stewards of the land, farmers play an essential role in addressing climate change. After-crops and winter crops can aid you in this fight by acting as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil. This process aids in reducing the overall carbon footprint of our farming activities, playing a small but significant part in the global effort to mitigate climate change.


Supporting Sustainable Farming Practices

Incorporating after-crops and winter crops into your crop rotation plans embodies the principle of sustainable farming. It enhances the biodiversity of your farms, breaks disease cycles, and promotes nutrient cycling. This diversification not only reduces our reliance on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides but also contributes to the overall resilience and long-term productivity of your farm.



Economic Opportunities and Enhanced Food Security

Beyond environmental benefits, after-crops and winter crops can provide additional income streams. Some of these crops can be sold directly or used as high-quality animal feed. Moreover, improved soil health and effective water management resulting from these practices lead to more consistent and higher yields, which enhance food security in our communities.


Many different after- and winter crops

Farmers are always looking for ways to improve practices, maximize productivity, and secure a future for their farms. Sowing after-crops and winter crops presents a practical and sustainable strategy to achieve these goals. By doing so, you are making an investment in the health of your soils, the balance of our ecosystems, and the prosperity of your farm.


Quinoa Quality offers different winter- and aftercrops:


  • QQ ECOMIX HUMUS

  • QQ ECOMIX FALL

  • QQ ECOMIX WINTERGREEN

  • QQ ECOMIX LEGUMEFREE

  • OILSEED RADISH (RAPHANUS SATIVUS)

  • WHITE MUSTARD (SINAPIS ALBA)

  • POPPY (PAPAVER SOMNIFERUM)

  • FABA BEAN (VICIA FABA)

  • YELLOW PEA (PISUM SATIVUM)

  • EMMER (TRITICUM DICOCCUM)

  • EINKORN (TRITICUM MONOCOCCUM)


Read more in our productcatalogue here or send a request here





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