Using Cover Crop Mixtures to Achieve Multiple Goals on the Farm Webinar
Join eOrganic for the first webinar of the fall 2014 season on Using
Cover Crop Mixtures to Achieve Multiple Goals on the Farm by a research
team at Penn State University. The webinar will take place on Tuesday,
October 14 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific
Time). The presentation will last for an hour, and it will be followed
by a 30 minute question and answer time. Attendees will be able to type
in questions for the speakers. The webinar is free and open to the
public, and advance registration is required.
Register now at http://www.extension.org/pages/71186
About the Webinar
The presenters will discuss the use of cover crop “cocktails” or
mixtures to achieve multiple goals on the farm, including weed
suppression, nitrogen scavenging, nitrogen provisioning, and attracting
beneficial insects and pollinators. Results from a study of winter cover
crops in a grain and forage research project at the Penn State Rock
Springs Research Farm and from several Pennsylvania farms will be shown.
We will also review issues of cover crop timing, termination, and
general management to aid in farmer insight and adoption of cover crop
About the Presenters
- Jason Kaye, Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, Penn State
University. Jason Kaye is the project director of the Cover Crop
Cocktails project at Penn State. He leads measurements of soil organic
matter quality, soil erosion, and nutrient cycling at the PSU and
- Dave Mortensen, Professor of Weed and Applied Plant Ecology,
Penn State University. Dave Mortensen works in applied plant ecology and
ecologically-based pest management to improve the sustainability of
land resource management. He is a co-PI of the Cover Crop Cocktails
project and leads evaluations of weed suppression.
- Charlie White, Extension Associate, Sustainable Agriculture,
Penn State University. Charlie White’s extension and research work
focuses on improving soil health, managing nutrient cycling, and
monitoring agroecosystem functioning.
- Mitch Hunter, PhD Candidate, Agronomy, Penn State University.
Mitch Hunter is a PhD candidate in agronomy working with Dr. David
Mortensen. He is investigating how diverse cover cropping can contribute
to ecological weed management and drought resilience in annual cropping
- Jermaine Hinds, PhD Candidate, Entomology, Penn State
University. Jermaine Hinds discovered his interest in entomology during
his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College park
where he studied the influence of cover crops on pest insects. At Penn
State, he continues by investigating the role that cover crops and
non-crop resources have on impacting beneficial insects on farm.
- Jim LaChance, Project Coordinator, Ecosystem Science and
Management, Penn State University. Jim LaChance is the project
coordinator of the Cover Crop Cocktails research project at Penn State.
He manages the project’s farm operations and coordinates field sampling
across the CCC project team.
Find all eOrganic webinar recordings at http://extension.org/pages/25242