Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cover Crops and Craft Wine

Thanks to Bruce Larson for sharing these interesting posts/articles.

(22 March 2016): “Cover Crops Are Making A Comeback” (

——–“Farmers looking for profits are increasingly turning to an old technique to preserve soil health: cover crops.  The use of cover crops . . . is ancient: even the Roman poet Virgil references cover crops, but the practice is undoubtedly far older.  In recent decades, these living mulches have fallen out of favor, replaced by commercial fertilizers producing repeated commercial harvests without interruption for soil recovery.  Now that commercial yields are declining, some farmers are returning to older methods.  Given the many benefits of properly used cover crops, it’s amazing that their use ever declined.”

********The article upon which this post is based is “Cover Crops and Living Mulches” by Nathan L. Hartwig and Hans Ulrich Ammon.  The link to the article is included in the post.  This seems to be an instance where the exclusive focus on one thing, by ignoring many other things, can undermine the one thing that is cared about.  This is a common problem when one linear relationship is considered and the systemic features are not.  This is so prevalent that it seems like a logical fallacy.  It does seem like an instance of the fallacy of composition (


(29 March 2016): “Craft Wine?  Craft Beer’s Innovation Edge (and What Wine Can Do About It)” (

********Asheville, North Carolina, the home of craft breweries aplenty, craft ciders, and craft spirits.  What about craft wine?  More vineyards, to be sure, and the home of America’s most-visited winery.  In any event, Mike Veseth has some interesting thoughts about how the business of wine might be informed by recent success of craft beer.