Farmers are looking to cover crops to increase soil health and extend grazing seasons. With a variety of different benefits from this farming practice, there is an increased need for cover crop management year round.
Lincoln University is offering a cover crop workshop for farmers that address not only the benefits of cover crops, but also how to manage the practice during each season. The workshop is Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the George Washington Carver Farm in Jefferson City. Presenters will cover both winter and summer management techniques. During the one-day event, farmers will also be able to identify which cover crop works best for their farm or home garden.
Session will cover terminating cover crops
One of the most difficult aspects of incorporating cover crops into any farming operation is determining when and how to terminate the cover. A special session on terminating cover crops will discuss this topic and offer farmers solutions to some of the most challenging problems in getting rid of cover before planting.
Each participant will receive a copy of Managing Cover Crops Profitably. This book explores how and why cover crops work, and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation. Along with detailed management information on the most commonly used species—including grasses, grains, brassicas and mustards, and legume. Managing Cover Crops Profitably offers chapters on the role of cover crops in broader topics such as crop rotations, pests and conservation tillage. It also has appendices on seed suppliers and regional experts.
The registration cost of the workshop is $30 per person, which covers the cover crop handbook and lunch.
For more information on the Cover Crop Workshop, call Kristina Norris at (573) 681-6189.