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Is it necessary to add an inoculant to the soil when planting beans?

Author: Kelly Young
Issue: June, 2017, Page 123
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Q - For healthier vegetables, is it necessary to add an inoculant to the soil when planting beans? I’m going to try growing a cowpea cover crop in my garden this summer and don’t know if it is worth the extra expense.

A - Adding a commercial inoculant that contains the appropriate Rhizobia bacteria can help cowpeas become quickly established and start banking nitrogen. Read the label and choose an inoculant that lists the type of legume you are planting. The product can be mixed with the seeds before planting or placed into the planting furrow before the seeds are added.
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