Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Original research article
01 Apr 2022
Original research article |  | 01 Apr 2022

Soil nitrogen and water management by winter-killed catch crops

Norman Gentsch, Diana Heuermann, Jens Boy, Steffen Schierding, Nicolaus von Wirén, Dörte Schweneker, Ulf Feuerstein, Robin Kümmerer, Bernhard Bauer, and Georg Guggenberger


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2021-124', Anonymous Referee #1, 28 Dec 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Norman Gentsch, 07 Feb 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2021-124', Anonymous Referee #2, 03 Jan 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Norman Gentsch, 07 Feb 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Revision (09 Feb 2022) by Rafael Clemente
AR by Norman Gentsch on behalf of the Authors (09 Feb 2022)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Feb 2022) by Rafael Clemente
ED: Publish as is (22 Feb 2022) by Engracia Madejón Rodríguez (Executive editor)
AR by Norman Gentsch on behalf of the Authors (24 Feb 2022)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
This study focuses on the potential of catch crops as monocultures or mixtures to improve the soil water management and reduction of soil N leaching losses. All catch crop treatments preserved soil water for the main crop and their potential can be optimized by selecting suitable species and mixture compositions. Mixtures can compensate for the individual weaknesses of monocultures in N cycling by minimizing leaching losses and maximizing the N transfer to the main crop.