“Not your Father’s Cover Crops, and Not Your Father’s Corn Planter” Farmer Information Meeting

Not your Father’s Cover Crops, and

Not Your Father’s Corn Planter

Farmer Information Meeting

Hosted by Merrimack County Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service

March 8, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, in Concord

                Wondering what cover crop mixes are all about?  Have you heard your neighbor talk about trying new seed mixes?  Would you like to learn how local farmers are successfully using corn no-till in your area?  Please join us for this mid-winter discussion on what’s new and available for the 2018 season.  Merrimack County Conservation District (GCCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are holding a Farmers Information Meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00PM at the NRCS Conference Room, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 211, Concord.  What to bring: your thoughts and experiences with cover crops and no-till planting to share with your neighbors.  We will have the experts in the room to discuss why cover crop mixes improve soil health and why moving beyond winter rye may improve your yields.

We’ll look at the results of the statewide cover crop mix trials started last year and will discuss how you can participate on your farm in 2018.  These specialized mixes are designed to prevent soil erosion, increase soil organic matter, reduce soil compaction, capture excess nutrients and fix nitrogen for crop growth.  We’re offering five cover crop mixes for trial: fallow vegetable fields, grazing mix for summer slump, nitrogen boost for vegetable crops, a winter soil builder for silage corn, and an easy spring management for silage corn.

There are also several equipment options available for 2018.  NH has four no-till planters with roller-crimpers for use across the state.  The roller-crimpers flatten the cover crop while no-till planting corn in a single pass, saving labor and fuel while reducing soil compaction.  The cover crop creates a mulch mat layer that reduces weed pressure, improves soil moisture retention and soil organic matter.  MCCD also has an aerator and lime/ wood ash spreader for rent.  NH Conservation Districts are offering funding and technical assistance to farmers interested in adapting their own corn planters to no-till.

Thinking about soil health and ready to take the next step?  We will have more information on this opportunity at the Farmer Information Meeting.  Please contact Stacy at MCCD by phone (603) 223-6020 or email:info@merrimackccd.org for more information and to register for this meeting.