Improving Soil Health with Cover Crops & Planting Green Field Day

Soil (PSU Hoover) 2

Please join Joel and Don Myers and a team of Penn State research and extension personnel at Improving Soil Health with Cover Crops & Planting Green Field Day for an update on several promising technologies that can improve soil quality and crop productivity.

  • When

  • Thu., Jun. 22, 2017
    (9:30 AM - 2:00 PM)

  • Where

  • Myers Farm
    3790 Penns Valley Rd.
    Spring Mills, PA 16875

Joel Myers is retired NRCS state agronomist, who farms with his brother Don on the family’s farm near Spring Mills, Centre County. The Myers are passionate about building and maintaining the productivity of the soils on their farm. They are strong proponents of no-till cropping systems, diverse crop rotations, and inclusion of cover crops whenever they can be included into their rotations.

Heidi Myer, a graduate student beginning her third year of field research will share some of what she is learning about relatively new concept known as "planting green." Instead of chemically controlling the cover crop weeks ahead of planting, why not let it grow to provide more organic matter to the soil, help provide habitat for predators of some insect pests of grains, and control the cover crop soon after planting? Numerous farmers have been planting this way for several years, and many are encouraged with their results.

The field day will also feature Joel and neighboring farmers, who will share some of their on-farm planting green experiences. Kristy Borrelli will share some insights for how one might characterize and measure soil quality. Ron Hoover will have one of the Penn State Interseeders on hand and will share some of the recent results from numerous on-farm interseeder trials. William Curran will make suggestions regarding weed control programs in corn where interseeding is planned, and for controlling a heavy planting green cover crop after the corn has been planted.

CCA Certification Credits will be available!

A light lunch will be provided, consisting of cookout foods, salads, and drinks.


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