Improving Soil Health with Cover Crops and Planting Green

Posted: May 31, 2017

Join Joel and Don Myers and a team of research and extension personnel from Penn State on June 22nd for an update on several promising technologies that can improve soil quality and crop productivity. Some details have changed from last week’s edition of the Field Crop News.

Joel Myers is retired NRCS state agronomist, who farms with his brother Don on the family’s farm near Spring Mills, Centre County. The Myers are passionate about building and maintaining the productivity of the soils on their farm. They are strong proponents of no-till cropping systems, diverse crop rotations, and inclusion of cover crops whenever they can be included into their rotations.

Please join Joel and Don Myers and a team of Penn State research and extension personnel for an update on several promising technologies that can improve soil quality and crop productivity. Heidi Myer, a graduate student beginning her third year of field research will share some of what she is learning about relatively new concept known as “planting green”. Instead of chemically controlling the cover crop weeks ahead of planting, why not let it grow to provide more organic matter to the soil, help provide habitat for predators of some insect pests of grains, and control the cover crop soon after planting? Numerous farmers have been planting this way for several years, and many are encouraged with their results. Joel and neighboring farmers will share some of their on-farm planting green experiences. Kristy Borrelli will share some insights for how one might characterize and measure soil quality. Ron Hoover will have one of the PSU Interseeders on hand and will share some of the recent results from numerous on-farm interseeder trials. William Curran will make suggestions regarding weed control programs in corn where interseeding is planned, and for controlling a heavy planting green cover crop after the corn has been planted.


When: Thursday June 22, 2017. Registration opens at 9:30, Program begins at 10:00 AM and runs until 2:00 PM .

Where: Myers Farm, 3790 Spring Mills Road, Spring Mills, PA 16875

Cost: $10.00

Register: Online or by calling 877-489-1398 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

General Program Questions: Ron Hoover at or at 814-777-4785.

Contact Information

Ron Hoover
  • Senior Project Associate
Phone: 814-865-6672