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- Russell Hedrick of Hickory, N.C., maximizes the benefit he gets from his cover crop by combining several different species.
- He has devised a mixed species blend of five different plants: cereal rye, triticale, oats, crimson clover and Daikon radishes.
- The goal is to create a cover that is well suited to the needs of his Piedmont soils.
RUSSELL HEDRICK OF Hickory, N.C., found he could maximize his no-till cover crop by mixing species.
Field day set for May 9
If you would like to learn more about mixed species cover crops, plan on attending a field day that will be held Friday, May 9, 9 a.m. at JRH Grain Farms, 3230 Rocky Ford Rd. in Newton, N.C. The program will include these topics:
--Should you be growing mixed species cover crops?
--How do you modify farm equipment in order to plant into thick cover crop residues?
--What is the best “burndown” height for different cover crops and how do differences in total biomass affect weed control?
There will also be a “root pit”†to show how deep the cover crop extends its roots along with demonstrations of how to achieve soil health.
Lunch will be provided.
For more information, call the Catawba Soil & Water Conservation District Office at 828-465-8950 or visit Eventbrite.com and search “Western N.C. Soil Health Field Day in North Carolina.” Registration and lunch are free, but participants must register for the event in order to have an accurate head count for lunch. Pesticide credits and CCA credits will be available for those who attend.