Cover Cropping to Suppress Weeds in Northeast US Farming Systems Webinar

Organic Agriculture May 03, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

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The Rose Review - Reduced-Tillage Organic Systems Experiment Newsletter

Suppressing Weeds Using Cover Crops in Pennsylvania
Penn State Ag Publications Catalog No. UC210

About the Webinar
Cover crops provide important benefits to Northeast croplands, including soil and water conservation. Some growers are also finding that cover crops can help reduce weed problems. Which covers are most suitable and how should they be managed to enhance weed suppression?

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About the Presenters
Bill Curran is a professor of weed science in the Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences at Penn State University and has an extension-research split focused in weed management for agronomic crops. Bill’s extension and research programs focus on integrated weed management and weed management in conservation tillage systems including managing cover crops in conventional and organic-based cropping systems.

Matt Ryan is a Post-Doctoral Scholar in weed ecology in the Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences at Penn State University. Matt completed his MS and PhD degrees at Penn State in weed ecology focused on ecologically-based weed management in organic cropping systems. Matt is currently a principal scientist on an USDA-Organic Research and Education Initiative project that is examining longer term weed and insect management in organic rotational no-till grain production.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.