The University of California is preparing a publication focusing on the use of cover crops in vineyards. I have been asked to assist in writing a chapter on vertebrate pests that may be associated with various cover crops.
The main cover crops would be legumes, annual and perennial grasses. I'm interested in any literature or info. regarding management of such forbs for pocket gophers, voles, ground squirrels, and lagomorphs.
Info. re: 1)
cultural approaches to cover crop management e.g. mowing, herbicidal treatments, etc,
rodent population controls i.e. flooding, predator attraction, etc.
forb selection i.e. legume varieties that are less attractive to pocket gophers e.g. tap rooted varieties vs. large rooted varieties.
I realize that this is somewhat of a tall order but I was hoping some of you who have worked in "no-till" situations may be able to provide some guidance.
Thanks in advance for any advice or assistance that you may be able to provide.
University of California