TROTWOOD — A free cover crop demonstration and workshop will be held Thursday, September 17 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., including a free picnic style meal, at the Sycamore Conservation Education Demonstration Farm, 3225 N. Lutheran Church Road, Trotwood.
Sponsored by the Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District, Huffman Enterprise, Ohio Soybean Council & Farm Credit Services, this workshop was originally advertised for an earlier date. Our wet weather this summer kept organizers from getting ready as soon as they would have liked, but they are ready now.
Come out for an evening of food, demonstrations and discussions at the Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) Sycamore Conservation Education Demonstration Farm.
The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a free picnic style meal. Please bring a chair, since this is an outdoor field event.
This will be the ‘Grand Opening’ of the newest demonstration area, highlighting the uses and benefits of cover crops in our county. Cover crops are plants that are planted not to harvest and use themselves, but for the benefits they provide. Multiple species are usually planted together to achieve the best results. The use of cover crops is a practice that is gaining momentum and results in farms across the Midwest.
Cover crops help reduce erosion and compaction, increase water permeation into the soil, prevent the leaching of important minerals, prevent weed germination and growth, and add organic matter to the soil when they die and decompose. Their root systems open passageways that help improve air and water movement, as well as support beneficial microbial life, all of which improves soil health. Improved soil health translates into improved crop health, and higher yields.
A 4-plus acre site was cleared at the Sycamore Conservation Education Demonstration Farm last fall. Selections of single and multi-species mixes that are best for different cropping applications are planted in distinct areas, allowing farmers to see what cover crops look and behave like in our Montgomery County soils. Experts will be on hand to discuss cover crops and answer your questions.
Concerned about which mixes to use, how or when to apply, or how the cover crops can be part of your larger farming plan? Have you been using cover crops for years? Are you completely new to cover crops? Come out and take part in this great learning and discussion opportunity.