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)
- Why cover crop
- Species – attributes, rates, planting window
- Commonly planted species for the various planting windows:
- Living mulch between rows
- 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
- 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)
Travel to farm for lunch
Results of SARE Cover Crop Study on Species and nitrogen availability (Katie Campbell-Nelson, Umass Vegetable program)
Mike Davidian – discuss his experience with rolling and crimping rye for sweet corn.
Review the cover crop plots.
Meet back at tent for questions and surveys