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Cover Crops for Soil Improvement

  • King and Queen Branch Library 396 Newtown Rd St Stephens Church, VA (map)
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Cover Crops for Soil Improvement

SEPTEMBER 4, 2019
9AM - 12PM

King and Queen Branch Library
396 Newtown Rd • St Stephens Church, VA

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) describes planting cover crops for “the potential to provide multiple benefits in a cropping system. Cover crops prevent erosion, improve soil’s physical and biological properties, supply nutrients, suppress weeds, improve the availability of soil water, and break pest cycles along with various other benefits. The species of cover crop selected along with its management determine the benefits and returns.” VSU Small Farm Outreach Program Nutrient Management Specialist Tammy Holler and Dwight Forrester with USDA NRCS will discuss the steps to take and ways that you can work to improve soil for crop production. Topics will include:

  • Understanding soil characteristics

  • How to take a soil test and interpret soil test results

  • NRCS programs for landowners, especially nutrient management and water quality programs

  • The role of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and SWCD programs 

  • Fall cover crops that you can consider to improve your soil


For more information, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Tracy Porter at (804) 481-2566 or tporter@vsu.edu or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

Sponsored by Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District (serving the counties of Essex, King & Queen and King William) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (smallfarm@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.




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