University of Maryland Extension

Showcasing Cover Crops

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Showcasing Cover Crops event flyer
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When: 
Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017 - 8:00am to 3:30pm
Where: 
Clear Meadow Farm
Address: 
Clear Meadow Farm
3116 Troyer Road
9194 Legion Rd., Ste. 4
White Hall, MD 21161
United States
Presenter: 
Nevin Dawson
Description/Notes: 

See two different research and demonstration plots that show the benefits of cover crops

Learn the power of cover crops to boost grain crop yields through nitrogen and water avialability

Hear Steven Mirsky (Research Ecologist, USDA Ag Research Service) and Nevin Dawson (Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator, UMD Extension)

Join us for an afternoon of demonstration and discussion of cover crops and their benefits to soil health and grain crops. Come for just the afternoon, or also enjoy the morning field tours and exhibits offered by The Mill. Free lunch at noon (please RSVP: 800-993-3300).

AFTERNOON AGENDA (12:45-3:30)

  • Brief intro to soil health 
  • ARS/NRCS study: cover crop v. no cover crop in no-till corn
    • Short-term benefits of cover crops with a focus on nitrogen and water availability; Residue composition and decay rates
    • Initial results: cover crops make water more available to cash crops
  • SARE delayed cover crop termination project
    • Possible benefits of late cover crop termination
    • Drawbacks of late cover crop termination and planting green: perceived v. actual
  • Soil health management self-evaluation tool preview
  • Correlation between soil organic matter and soil health
  • Crowd sourced soil organic matter mapping and tracking
Cost: 
FREE
Contact: 
Nevin Dawson
Contact Email: 
ndawson@umd.edu
Contact Phone: 
410-479-4030 x5
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