2013 Cover Crop Innovations Webinar Series
The Cover Crop Innovations webinar series will take place on selected Mondays from 12-1pm throughout February and March. The webinars are free and open to the public to attend. Participants attend via the internet from their home or office. A high-speed internet connection is recommended and the computer should be equipped with headphones or speakers to hear the audio.
To register to attend any of the webinars in the series, please fill out the registration form at the bottom of this page.
The Cover Crop Innovations Webinar Series is a component of the training initiative sponsored by the Northeast SARE Pennsylvania State Program. More information about the training initiative is available here.
2013 Cover Crop Innovations Webinar Schedule
February 4, 12-1pm
Spring Seedbed Characteristics After Winter-killed Cover Crops
By Natalie Lounsbury and Dr. Ray Weil, Cover Crop Innovation Center, University of Maryland
Dr. Ray Weil and Natalie Lounsbury have been investigating the possibility of no-till planting early spring vegetables such as spinach and lettuce after a forage radish cover crop without the use of herbicides. They will discuss soil moisture, temperature and nutrient status in early spring as well as seedling emergence and yield. Equipment limitations and new opportunities for small scale farmers will be addressed.
February 11, 12-1pm
Update on the PSU Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator
By Dr. Greg Roth, Penn State Extension
The PSU Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator is a piece of farming equipment designed at Penn State that can seed a cover crop into standing corn while applying sidedress nitrogen and a post-emergent herbicide to the corn crop in a single pass operation. Operation of the equipment will be discussed along with a consideration of suitable cover crop species and mixes, compatible herbicide programs, and weather conditions that will affect success of the cover crop establishment.
Cover Crops for Soil Health and Nutrient Management
By Dr. Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension
This presentation will discuss recent research on the use of cover crops to provide erosion control, nutrient retention, and supplemental forage on small dairy farms. A review of successful strategies for planting cover crops after corn silage harvest, corn grain harvest, and soybean harvest will also be provided.
March 11, 12-1pm
Invertebrate pests and their natural enemies in conservation tillage cropping systems
By Dr. Mary Barbercheck, Penn State Extension
Learn the basics about key early season insect and slug pests that can pose problems in conservation tillage systems with high amounts of cover crop residues and how crop management practices can help reduce pest damage. Also, learn about ongoing research into naturally-occurring predators of early season insects and slugs and how best to conserve them.
2 category pesticide credits (Pennsylvania)
1 Certified Crop Advisor CEU (Integrated Pest Management)
March 18, 12-1pm
Optimizing weed suppression and nutrient use efficiency in cover crop-based no-till organic corn
By Dr. Steven Mirsky, USDA-ARS Sustainable Agriculture Systems Lab and Hanna Poffenbarger, University of Maryland
Many organic grain producers seek weed management tactics that will allow them to reduce tillage in their cropping systems while maintaining weed control and efficient nutrient delivery. In this webinar, University of Maryland and USDA-ARS researchers discuss optimizing cover crop mixture composition and manure application to achieve weed suppression and adequate, efficient nitrogen delivery in a cover crop-based no-till corn system.
1 Certified Crop Advisor CEU (0.5 Nutrient Management/0.5 Integrated Pest Management)
1 Pennsylvania Nutrient Management credit
March 25, 12-1pm
Nitrogen Management with Cover Crop Mixtures
By Charlie White, Penn State Extension
This presentation will review how the characteristics of different cover crop types, including winter-hardy and winter-killed grasses and legumes, can be used to assemble a mixed-species cover crop planting that balances nitrogen retention over the winter with nitrogen supply to the next crop. Tools to assess nitrogen supplied by cover crops to the next cash crop will also be discussed.
1 Certified Crop Advisor CEU (Nutrient Management)
1 Pennsylvania Nutrient Management credit