Posted  6 Oct, 2019 
In: Events

Event Date:  Nov 13, 2019

There are many benefits of using cover crops to improve your cropping system. Producers use them to cover and hold soil, to build soil organic matter, to conserve soil moisture and protect water quality, and to cut fertilizer costs. Check out the latest science and learn how other producers are making cover crops work for them.

Join us at this workshop to learn what cover cropping can do for your farm.

Date: November 13, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: MNP Hall A & B, Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB

Cost: $75/person or $120/two people from the same farm

Register here. 

Topics & Speakers: 

Benefits of Including Cover Crops in Your Rotation

Yvonne Lawley Ph. D. , Researcher at the University of Manitoba focusing on soybean and corn agronomy,  cover crops, and plant and soil interactions. Yvonne is currently conducting a farmer of the cover crops used in Manitoba while conducting on-farm trials on cover crops.  Yvonne will provide an introduction to the subject, including the ways in which cover crops can play a role in improving water management, reducing diseases while decreasing costs through nitrogen fixation

Cover Crop Agronomy – Seeding Rates, Establishment, Management & Termination

Lee Briese, M. Sc. Lee brings experience with several years as a crop consultant with Centrol, Inc., serving 46 growers with over 85,000 acres. His desire to continue to improve his value to clients, community and agriculture have led him to the Doctor of Plant Health program.

Managing Cover Crops to Avoid Root Rot

Syama Chatterton Ph. D., Agriculture & Agr-Food Canada Research Scientist focused on plant pathology for pulse and special crops. Syama will talk about avoiding diseases like root rot in rotations that contain pulses.

Functional Uses of Cover Crops

Yvonne Lawley Ph. D. , Researcher at the University of Manitoba focusing on soybean and corn agronomy,  cover crops, and plant and soil interactions. Yvonne will talk about how specific cover crops can be used to address issues such as too much or too little water, nitrogen or phosphorous deficiency, etc.

Farmer Panel #1:

What problems are you trying to solve?
How do you use cover crops in your rotation?
How are you growing cover crops? (In the fall? In strips or whole field? In multi-species mixes?)

Relay Crops are like Cover Crops in Disguise

Scott Chalmers is a Diversifications Specialist for Manitoba Agriculture working on relay cropping. Relay crops may offer advantages like a cover crop but may make better use of the time and resources during a short growing season. Scott will present his experience in applied crop research and with surrounding progressive farmers with a number of relay crops that act like cover crops.

Farmer Panel #2:

Which cover crops are you using to build fertility?
Why have you chosen those crops?
Where do you put them in your rotation?
How do you use cover crops in your organic crop rotation?
How are you selecting the right cover crops for nitrogen fixing?

Event Contact: Dana Penrice or (780) 914-6282

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