Photo Credit: Zach Larson
The practice of planting green, or planting a cash crop into a living, standing cover crop is becoming more common in Pennsylvania. Farmers focused on soil health are utilizing the practice as a way of increasing water holding capacity, suppressing weeds and building soil organic matter. However, the practice requires changes to planting equipment and cover and cash crop management, with each farmer finding a solution unique to their operation.
This year Penn State Extension is highlighting two operations that are utilizing the practice, with field days held in Shippensburg, Cumberland County on July 31st and New Paris, Bedford County on August 8th. At both locations you will learn about the emerging practice including equipment setup, cover crop planning, a review of research and how the practice improves soil health. Charlie Martin, farmer and inventor of the planter-mounted roller-crimper will discuss his years of experience of the practice and our local hosts will talk about how they adapted the practice to their cropping systems.
The Shippensburg event, hosted by Cumberland Planter, LLC will review their history of plating green into rye and will feature a demonstration of Charlie Martin’s new 6/11 row narrow transport planter as well as the Penn State-designed no-till vegetable and tobacco planter.
The Bedford event, hosted by David Hernley, will review his fourth year of the practice with over 1,500 acres of corn and soybeans planted green this year. Representatives of the Bedford County Conservation District will be there to review their equipment rental program which includes a planter with mounted roller-crimpers available to residents in the area.
The events at both locations are free to the public and include lunch provided by area sponsors. Attendees are asked to register in advance to ensure an accurate lunch count by visiting the event website or by following the information below.
Shippensburg, Cumberland County
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 31st 2018
Arthur Martin Farm
39 Smithdale Rd
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Online or call the Cumberland County Conservation District at 717-240- 7812
New Paris, Bedford County
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Wednesday, August 8th 2018
David Hernley Farm
432 Ream Rd.
New Paris, PA 15552
Online or call Penn State Extension at 1-877-345-0691