Maintaining Good Soil Health

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Join Wayne County SWCD for a Soil Health Workshop on December 13th 2016

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Where: Cornell CCE 1581 Rte. 88N Newark, NY 14513
10:30-11:00 A.M. Registration, visiting, warmup with a beverage.
11:00 A.M.– 12:00 Joe Lawrence – Spring management of cover crops, termination as green manure vs double crop for forage, rotation info to fit cover crops in, what to watch out for in summer following crops (pests, etc.)
Q&A to follow presentation
Noon– 12:30 Lunch – Homemade Chili (Traditional/White/Bean) Cornbread, Chips, Cookies
12:30 – 1:30 P.M. Paul Salon – Cover Crop Calculator, Mixes info, Timings, Establishment Q&A to follow presentation
Registration required – 12/9 by Noon!
Register by calling 315-946-4136

Download a poster for distribution.

 

Why use cover crops in vegetable rotations?

Vegetable production involves many practices that compromise soil health, and therefore limit productivity. New York soils are less forgiving of such practices than many other regions. Therefore, leading vegetable growers want to overcome this barrier to success with practices that maintain soil health.
Some of the management goals for which farmers use cover crops include:

  • Suppressing weeds
  • Protecting soil from rain or runoff
  • Improving soil aggregate stability
  • Reducing surface crusting
  • Adding active organic matter to soil
  • Breaking hardpan
  • Fixing nitrogen
  • Scavenging soil nitrogen
  • Suppressing soil diseases and pests
For more information visit Cornell “Cover Crop Guide” web pages.

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Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489
315-946-7200