While cover crops are already in the ground and growing, there's still much to learn about variety selection and planning for successful stands in 2014. That's why a USDA-NRCS Cover Crops Workshop & Tour is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, in Big Flats, N.Y.
It'll kick off at the USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center with registration plus a cover crop tour and equipment demonstration starting at 9:15 a.m. There, you can watch demonstrations of Penn State's three-way no-till row crop interseeder – to be featured in December's American Agriculturist magazine – and a zone-builder tool.
Dave Shearing, consultant for the Western Crop Management Association, and Fisher Welles, a Chemung County farmer, will compare conventional, no-till and zone builder results in wet and dry years.
At 11:45, the program moves to the American Legion Hall at 45 Olcott Rd. South for lunch, plus speakers covering specifics of cover cropping on context of the Chesapeake Bay TMDLs, nitrogen production and cycling, updated cover crop specifications for New York, small grains as winter forage (including triticale) and creating cover crop mixes to meet soil and crop needs.
Three Pennsylvania farmers, including Dave Mclaughlin, PA No-Till Alliance Founder and President Jim Hershey and former State Agronomist Joel Meyers will discuss their farmer to farmer network, how it started and how it operates, sharing experience and new ideas on no-till and related topics, to improve soil quality and crop productivity.
Registration costs $12 to cover the lunch. For the full agenda, driving directions and online registration click here.
Plug the Plant Materials Center at 3266 Rte. 352, Big Flats, N.Y., into your GPS and make the trip.