Extension Educator, Agronomy
No-Till Planting and Planting Green
Forages and Forage Quality
Pasture Management and Rotational Grazing
Grazing Winter-Annuals, Summer Annuals, Brassicas, Extending the Grazing Season
Crop Rotation Strategies
New and Beginning Farmer/Start Farming Programs
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Dave has over 20 years of experience as a research agronomist in field crops, cover crops, forages, pasture management, grazing, soil health and farming rotations. He has been actively involved with developing new field crops programs and working as an Ag-Educator in Soil Health, Cover Crops, Forage Crop, Grazing Systems, and Crop Rotation. He holds a B.S. degree in Agronomy & Environmental Science from the Delaware Valley College of Science & Agriculture. He has collaborated with Penn State and Cornell University with the evaluation of the inter-row seeder project looking at various species of cover crop inter-seeded in corn and soybeans.
Dave's background includes dairy farming, maize breeding, certified hybrid corn production, certified soybean and small grain production and agricultural pesticide research. His prior experience includes working as as research agronomist for King's Agriseeds Inc., conducting research evaluating new species and varieties for use in forage systems and as cover crops. Also he has experience as a Research Agronomist at the Rodale Research Institute conducting research in organic systems and working with organic farmers doing on-farm research. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council and interacts with Project Grass projects and PA No-till alliance.
As an Ag-educator, Dave gives presentations for pesticide credits, and other presentations concerning soil fertility, soil health, cover crops, forage crops and forage quality, pasture management and grazing systems, weed management, compost utilization and crop rotation strategies for both conventional and organic farmers. In addition Dave works with New and Beginning farmers and the Start Farming program.