Biomass production and nutrient content of temperate cover crops



This dataset has been used to establish reference values for organic matter production and nitrogen uptake of ten common monoculture cover crops. It contains cover crop data from several experiments and years of sampling. Most entries contain data on aboveground or belowground biomass. Later entries also contain data on macro- and micronutrient contents. For some entries the soil mineral nitrogen is available. It is possible that additional meta-data and data from other variables can be found if needed. Data used in the report from the 'Clever cover cropping' experiment was excluded from this dataset. A new dataset (containing this and new data) will be published after 2 years.
Date made available14 Apr 2021
PublisherWageningen University & Research
Temporal coverage1988 - 2019
Date of data production1988 - 2019
Geographical coverageMostly in the Netherlands; Locations: Lelystad, Wageningen, Vredepeel and Valthermond. Some entries are from Belgium, Germany, UK, Denmark and Switzerland.


  • cover crops
  • green manure
  • biomass production
  • nutrient uptake
  • nitrogen uptake
  • NPK
  • micronutrients
  • dry matter
  • organic matter
  • sowing time
  • crop height
  • soil mineral nitrogen

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