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Soil Health Field Day-Planting Green August 20, 2019

The Sussex Conservation District held its 4th Annual Soil Health Field Day at H&V Farms in Laurel, Delaware. The event showcased the importance of Cover Crops, Lessons Learned from Local Farmers, an Update on Cover Crop and Herbicide Research from UD Cooperative Extension and a Display of Planters used to Plant Green.

Chris Brosch, Program Administrator with the Delaware Department of Agriculture's Nutrient Management Program addresses attendees on the State's investment of an additional $2.9 million for cover crops to be planted this fall.
Delaware Association of Conservation Districts Executive Director, Jen Nelson, shares her thoughts on the importance of cover crops for both Healthy Soils for Local Farms and Healthy Waterways for Delaware and our region.

The farmer panel owned the morning as they shared their success stories along with the challenges associated with various species of cover crops and planting green.

Cory Atkins, a Seaford farmer, Chairman of the Delaware Soybean Board and United Soybean Board Member talks about how he incorporates cover crops into his vegetable, corn, soybean and small grain operation.

Blaine Hitchens, a NACD Soil Health Champion from Laurel has spent the last 6 years focusing on cover crops, soil health and the results they produce. He encourages everyone to "Start small and see where it takes you."

Georgetown farmer and NACD Soil Health Champion Jay Baxter shares his experience with hairy vetch as a cover crop and how he has modified his planter to work more efficiently for planting directly into his cover crops.

Local farmers showed off a few varieties of planters used to plant corn into green cover crops.

Dr. Mark Van Gessel (top) and Dr. Jarrod Miller (below) from UD Cooperative Extension discuss cover crops and soil health and the impact both have on crop nutrient uptake and weed suppression.

To Learn More or To Stay Informed of Future Events Contact the Sussex Conservation District Ag Program

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Credits:

Sussex Conservation District, National Association of Conservation Districts