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Cover Crop Workshop

October 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Get ready to weatherproof your soils from the droughts to the deluges! Join us for a full day focused on cover crops, utilizing both conventional and no-till methods. Suitable for farmers and field staff interested in planting and managing cover crop mono-cultures and mixtures to address a variety of resource concerns.


9- 10:00 (times can vary)

Cover crops-

  • Why cover crop
  • Species – attributes, rates, planting window
  • Commonly planted species for the various planting windows:


  • Living mulch between rows
  • Interseeding
  • After early vegetables
  • After late vegetables


  • Establishment methods

10-10:30 (times can vary) 

  • Cover crops 101 cont.. and Cover Crop Mixtures, Mixtures- pros and cons
  • Dates for warm and cool as a mixture and singly (perhaps look at MA cover crop spec)
  • Rules of thumb for seeding rates in mixtures

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45- 12   

  • Cover Crop Calculator
  • Top 10 questions to come up with your cover crop mix
  • Cover crop calculator demonstration using 2+ of the group exercise examples.
  • For example, after early sweet corn or other early vegetable. RCs: organic matter, weed control, nitrogen…
  • After early corn silage harvest (or could be later sweet corn) – say around 9/1. RCs: compaction, organic matter

12 – 12:20

Cover Crop termination (Kate)

12:20- 12:40  

Travel to farm for lunch



1:30- 1:50

Results of SARE Cover Crop Study on Species and nitrogen availability (Katie Campbell-Nelson, Umass Vegetable program)

1:55- 2:10

Mike Davidian – discuss his experience with rolling and crimping rye for sweet corn.

2:10- 2:40

Review the cover crop plots.

2:45- 3  

Meet back at tent for questions and surveys



Date: October 11, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $25.00
Venue Name: Mass. Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Richard Cronin Building, Room 108
Address: 1 Rabbitt Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581 United States

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Phone: 508-389-6300
Organizer Name: Lisa Trotto
Organizer Name: Kate Gervais