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Soil Health Field Day, July 11, Clyde, N.Y.

No-till planting into a multi-species cover crop (photo: Jim LaGioia, USDA-NRCS, Lyons)

No-till planting into a multi-species cover crop (photo: Jim LaGioia, USDA-NRCS, Lyons)

From:   Carol MacNeil, Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Program, crm6@cornell.edu

Soil health is never more important, nor more obvious, than in a very wet year.  At a field day July 11th in Clyde, NY, learn about options for improving crop and soil performance through rainfall extremes.  In fields with well-working tile, cleared outlets, minimal compaction, some surface residues, and water-stable soil aggregates, water percolates through the soil with little ponding or run-off and crops suffer much less damage.  The deeper rooting of crops in healthy soils also sustains them longer through dry periods.  More and more farmers in New York State are taking a second look at their crop rotations, cover crops and reduced tillage, in an effort to improve the health of their soil.

Join us on Thursday, July 11th, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, at Roger and Scott Arliss’ Pit Farms, 895 Lockpit Rd., east of Clyde, off Rt. 31, for a Soil Health Field Day.  Observe the dramatically different effect of simulated rainfall on a soil with good health vs one that’s been overworked.  See soil layers, compaction and crop root growth in a soil pit.  On-farm trial results with a wide range of grass, legume and crucifer cover crops will be presented, including information on winter triticale and winter malting barley.  Reduced tillage equipment, including planters, will be demonstrated. There will time for you to discuss your experiences with other growers, as well as to ask questions of Roger and Scott Arliss, and the speakers.

Registration for the field day is at 9:30 am and costs $5.  A picnic lunch with hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided.  For more information on the Soil Health Field Day contact Ron Thorn at: 315-946-9912 or rdtswcd@rochester.rr.com  Sponsored by Wayne County Farm Bureau, USDA NRCS, Wayne County SWCD, Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

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