乐动体育注册Learn the value of cover crops, like sunn hemp shown here at the Making Cover Crops Pay workshop series. Zach Larson photo
In an era of fluctuating grain and dairy prices, knowing the price and the value of your crop inputs is critical when making management decisions. Unfortunately, a poor understanding of the value of cover crops keeps many from fully utilizing the practice of even trying it. To help de-mystify the value of cover crops, Penn State Extension, with support from the , is now offering Making Cover Crops Pay乐动体育注册 , a look into the management and economics of cover crops.
At this workshop, you will figure out the value that cover crops can bring to your farm by looking at how improved soils and enhanced cover crop management techniques benefit your bottom line by assigning your own costs to them. In the workshop we will explore how improving organic matter makes for more resilient systems, how to incorporate legumes for nitrogen production and how to utilize cover crops as part of a weed management program. Attendees will also learn how they can develop and tailor cover crop mixtures for their farm.
The half-day workshops will be held in Lancaster on January 14th, Kittanning on January 21st, Bellefonte on January 22nd, Kane on January 24th and Gettysburg on February 5th. The event is free of charge and is ideal for those looking to get into cover cropping or taking the next step into more intensive cover crop management. You can register for the event by going to Making Cover Crops Pay乐动体育注册 or calling 1-877-345-0691 during business hours, Monday through Friday. Seats may be limited at some locations, so please register in advance to ensure your spot.