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Warm-Season Cover Crops Field Day

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Date August 22, 2018
Time 10:00 am
Location Lockeford Plant Materials Center, 21001 N. Elliott Rd., Lockeford, CA 95237
Registration Required No
Fee Description Free


Warm season cover crops are an underused tool in California agriculture. Their use can “add value” during a fallow “window” within a production cropping system. Advantages include: reduced soil erosion and increased water infiltration with fall rains, weed suppression, enhanced nutrient cycling, reduced soil compaction, and increased water holding capacity. Depending on the crops chosen, they may provide nitrogen and pest suppression.

These cover crops “winterkill” so there is no problem with cover crop termination for spring planting. The volume of residue produced and the ease of breakdown depends on the cover crop species.

Tentative Agenda

10:00 am - Margaret Smither-Kopperl, PMC Manager - Welcome
10:05 am - Scott Park - A Producers Experience with Warm Season Cover Crops
10:25 am  - Valerie Bullard, PMC Agronomist - Warm Season Cover Crops
10:50 am  - Gill Costa, Sentek Technologies - Moisture Sensors for Irrigation Water Monitoring
11:10 am  - Michelle Leinefelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UC Extension
                  Cover crops, Soil Health and Greenhouse Gas Study
11:30 am  - Z. Kabir, NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist - Timing of Warm Season Cover Crops
11:45 am  - Wendy Rash, District Conservationist - NRCS Programs and Cover Crops
11:55 am  - Margaret Smither-Kopperl - Conclusions and Questions

For more information or to arrange any special needs contact:


Margaret.Smither-Kopperl@ca.usda.gov or 209.727.5319
http://plant-materials.nrcs.usda.gov/capmc

 

 

For more information, please contact: Margaret Smither-Kopperl, 209-727-5319