Observations of Planting Green

I, along with several other "planting green" farmers, spoke at this Penn State Field day recently.

This topic is increasingly drawing interest among farmers who want to maximize the benefits of cover crops. But careful management is needed and every year may be different.

The biggest challenge is when to terminate in a dry spring- you don't want to take moisture away from the cash crop. On the other hand, this concept is advantageous in a wet spring as it'll help dry out the soil.

Some have observed less slugs with planting into a green cover crop. Penn State is in the 3rd year of a planting green project that is evaluating slug activity and other effects influenced by this strategy.

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