Special Issue "Cover Crops - Series II"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Systems and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Roberto Mancinelli
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Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences (DAFNE), University of Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: crop production; crop protection; weed control; agricultural systems and management; environment and climate change in agriculture; greenhouse gas emissions
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Dr. Sara Marinari
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Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest systems DIBAF, Tuscia University, Tuscia, Italy
Interests: soil science; pedogenesis; soil processes; biogeochemical cycling; agricultural management
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Dr. Emanuele Radicetti
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Department of Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Agricultural Sciences (DOCPAS), University of Ferrara, 44121 Ferrara, Italy
Interests: sustainable food production; sustainable cultivation; environmental-friendly agricultural practices
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Modern intensive farming based on high fertilizer rate and agrochemical applications may severely impact the sustainability of cropping systems with increasing problems of reduced soil fertility, loss of biodiversity, soil compaction, and soil erosion. Cover crops could be considered any plant species that are cultivated in the period between two main cash crops, with the main aim to protect soil and support the sustainability of agro-ecosystems. The benefits provided by cover crop cultivation are different and vary depending on the farmers’ objectives. Although cover crops are becoming more accepted by farmers, who are encouraged by the environmental and ecological benefits, many still perceive them to be expensive and complicated in terms of implementing cover crops with agricultural practices.

Therefore, there is a growing need of knowledge regarding their establishment, management, benefits, and utility in different agro-ecosystems.

The main objective of this Special Issue is to collect original research papers or reviews that report on the benefits obtained from the adoption of cover crop and that address the practical problems derived from their utilization under different agro-environmental conditions. To achieve this goal, the submission of relevant articles is welcome and encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Roberto Mancinelli
Dr. Sara Marinari
Dr. Emanuele Radicetti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sustainable agriculture
  • environmentally friendly strategies
  • ecological services
  • agro-ecosystem management
  • living mulch
  • green manure
  • climate resilience
  • pest management
  • weed management
  • crop rotation
  • soil tillage
  • crop yield

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

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