Using Winter Killed Cover Crops to Facilitate Organic No-till Planting of Early Spring Vegetables Webinar

Organic Agriculture May 03, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

About the Webinar
Using weed suppressing, winter killed cover crops is one potential way to eliminate spring tillage in an organic vegetable production system. The presenters will discuss the challenges and successes of eliminating spring tillage on a small-scale vegetable farm in southern Maryland. Cover crop species, planting equipment, and crop rotations tested on the farm will be discussed.

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About the Presenters

Charlie White is an Extension Associate at Penn State focusing on the use of cover crops to provide on-farm management and economic benefits while also improving soil health and environmental quality.  He obtained a Master's Degree in Soil Science from the University of Maryland in 2009.

Michael Snow is the manager of the Ecosystem Farm and apprentice training program at the Accokeek Foundation in Accokeek, Maryland. We distribute certified organic vegetables, fruits, grains, and livestock products through a 60 member CSA.

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