Reminder: Cover crops webinars on December 7 and 14
There's still time to register for 2 free cover crops webinars from eOrganic on December 7th and 14th!
Using Winter Killed Cover Crops to Facilitate Organic No-till Planting of Early Spring Vegetables by Mike Snow, Farm Manager, Accokeek Ecosystem Farm; Charlie White, Sustainable Agriculture Extension Associate, Penn State Cooperative Extension. 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. December 7, 2010 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific).
Assessing Nitrogen Contribution and Rhizobia Diversity Associated with Winter Legume Cover Crops in Organic Systems by Julie Grossman, North Carolina State. This webinar is designed to deepen your understanding of how legume cover crops, through a symbiotic relationship with beneficial soil rhizobia bacteria, can be used to provide new nitrogen to your organic crops through the process of nitrogen fixation. We will review the process of nitrogen fixation, and provide recent data from our lab describing the amount of nitrogen fixed by common and some novel cover crop legumes used in organic agriculture. We will also briefly discuss how the diversity of rhizobia present in the soil may impact this process. December 14, 2010 at 3PM Eastern Time (2PM Central, 1PM Mountain, 12PM Pacific)
We will be adding many new webinars this season, so check our schedule often for updates at http://www.extension.org/article/25242.
To listen to recordings of our past archived webinars, go to http://www.extension.org/article/24989