Soil Health & Cover Crop Field Day
Date: October 31, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Contact: Alli Rowe, email@example.com
Sponsor: UCCE Ventura
Location: Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Come gather around a cover crop demonstration for a discussion on cover crop seed selections, appropriate mixes for different cropping systems, and management issues. Other soil health topics include compost applications, Healthy Soils grant opportunities, and technical assistance availability.
This event is free and open to anyone interested in soil health. Please spread the word! Register here
8:30 –9:00 Registration
9:00 –10:45 Rotate through stations to learn about cover crops
- Station 1:Biomass Builders with Shulamit Shroder, Climate Smart Agriculture Specialist, UCCEKern County
- Station 2: Pollinator Habitat with Jamie Whiteford,Irrigation Specialist, Ventura County/Cachuma RCD
- Station 3: Low Profile with Oleg Daugovish,Strawberry and Vegetable Crop Advisor, UCCE Ventura County
- Station 4: Mustards and Varieties with Dee Vega,Staff Research Associate, UCCE Ventura County
- Station 5: Compost and Compost Tea with Annemiek Schilder,County Director, UCCE Ventura County
- Station 6: Grant Opportunities and Technical Assistance with Alli Rowe,Climate Smart Agriculture Specialist, UCCE Ventura County
10:45 –11:00 Questions and wrap up
citrus cover crop
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Hat tip to Mike Lombardi for putting this together!
There's a new pub in town, and you can read it up. It's a generic guide to mulch use.
Mulches are materials that are applied to the soil surface, but not tilled, mixed, or combined with underlying soil. Landscape mulches are typically plant residues (organic mulches) or rock, sand, and stone (inorganic mulches). You may know that immediately after application mulches prevent weeds from germinating and reduce evaporative loss from soil surfaces, but there are other benefits as well. And down sides, as well.
Includes a table of common mulch materials with their benefits and potential problems.
This free publication is available by download.
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