Farmer Rob will soon put some of the beds to rest for the winter. He will plant annual ryegrass to serve as a cover crop -- "not to be confused with the cereal crop named rye," he says.
According to the website ryegrasscovercrop.com, annual ryegrass as a covercrop is a relatively new phenomena. "Development of annual ryegrass as a cover crop began in the early 1990s," says the site. "Oregon growers began working with university researchers, agronomists and crop growers in the Midwest region of the United States to determine new ways to improve crop yields while building healthier soil."