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Faba Bean

Faba bean (Vicia faba L.) is grown worldwide as a protein source for food, is used for animal feed as a replacement of GMO imported soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] meal, and it is the most common cover crop in cereal-based cropping systems in Europe (Jensen et al., 2010); although it is hardly known or used in the USA. Including faba bean as a cover crop after wheat or intercropped into corn could grant beneficial late season grazing, increase N credits to the next crop while also reducing leaching of soil mobile nutrients, and create over winter cover to help protect soil. Because of these possible late season benefits, further research will be done to learn more about the possible uses and implementations of faba bean as a cover crop.

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