(Carlisle, PA) – Planting cover crops for livestock grazing can result in multiple benefits for soil health and livestock nutrition when implemented as part of regular crop rotation or during pasture establishment. Key elements needed for successful cover crop grazing on a livestock farm, include infrastructure such as fencing (either temporary or permanent) watering systems, cover crop selection, and selection of appropriate livestock breeds. These elements and an overview of onsite research will be the focus of two pasture walks hosted by Capital RC&D in South Central Pennsylvania on September 29, 2020 in Adams County and October 20, 2020 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
These and two additional farms in Adams and Franklin Counties are participating in Capital RC&D’s Promoting Grazing and Cover Cropping by Developing Better Practice Information, Outreach and Cost-sharing project, a collaboration between researchers from Penn State University, grazing specialists from USDA-NRCS, grazing advisors from Capital RC&D, and researchers from USDA-ARS, that is funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed grant.
For more information contact Cheryl Burns at Capital RC&D at 717-241-4361 or via email.
Video Series Explores Benefits of On-Farm Composting
4-video case-study offers local farmers solutions
(Carlisle, PA) – Successful, on-farm composting is showcased in four videos available free on the Capital RC&D website, www.capitalrcd.org. These videos were created by Capital RC&D staff with the help of five Pennsylvania farmers and researchers at Rodale Institute. The video case studies exhibit successful examples of on-farm composting and provide insight about each farm’s methods.
The videos, along with a corresponding written overview and bibliography, showcase five composting techniques including turned windrows, static aerated piles, in-vessel, vermicomposting, and bedded pack composting. In addition to the benefits of each system, the videos provide detail about the inputs used by each farmer featured and how they use the finished compost. Viewers can also learn about research undertaken at Rodale Institute focused on using compost to increase disease and pest control.
Farmers and researchers featured in the videos include John Shenk, Shenk’s Berry Farm in Lancaster County, PA; Mike Brownback, Spiral Path Farm in Perry County, PA; Ned Foley, Two Particular Acres in Montgomery County, PA; Kenny and Cyrus Gehringer, Four Springs Farm in Lehigh County, PA; Rick Carr and Dr. Gladis Zinati, Rodale Institute, Berks County, PA.
Spring High Tunnel Webinar Series
Online Education and Resources for High Tunnel Growers
(Carlisle, PA) – Capital RC&D’s spring webinar series will focus on techniques and tools that both new and experienced high tunnel growers can implement to improve soil health, reduce pest and disease issues, and improve crop yields. Specifically, webinars detailing use of cover crops, anaerobic soil disinfestation, and tunnel plastics research.
A Fresh Start: Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation in High Tunnel Systems
Part 1 - April 2, 2019, 9:00 AM EDT, Part 2 – April 9, 2019, 9:00 AM EDT
Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Vegetable Crop Science at Penn State University will discuss anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) and how it can be used within high tunnel systems to control soilborne bacteria, fungi, plant-parasitic nematodes, and weeds, as well as to enhance soil fertility. The topic will be covered across two sessions, the first (April 2nd) providing an introduction to the technique, its development, the principles of how it works, and how it can be applied. The second (April 9th) will go into greater detail about application, quality of inputs required during the process, as well as how to find required inputs. Both sessions will feature examples of the practice as applied before planting and during tomato crop production.
Plastics, They Make a Difference in Your High Tunnel
April 16, 2019; 9:00 AM EDT
Kathy Demchak, Senior Extension Associate with Penn State, will share details about her research studying impacts of various cover plastics on pest management (specifically Japanese beetles) and crop yields in raspberry production, as well as how this may be applied to strawberry production and other crops. The webinar will also focus on light transmission issues experienced during late and early season production, recommendations if issues are experienced, details to consider before purchasing a new plastic cover, and discussion about plastics durability in tunnel structures.
The webinars will be recorded and available to view in the future. The live webinars will include time for participant questions and offer opportunity for discussion. There is no cost to participate but registration is required.
For more information contact Cheryl Burns at Capital RC&D at 717-241-4361 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details about these high tunnel webinars, including registration information, is available at www.capitalrcd.org/events.
Funding support has been provided by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.
The Capital Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Area Council is a seven-county, non-profit that provides leadership to promote regional partnerships for the responsible use and conservation of our natural, community, and economic resources. The Capital RC&D serves Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York.
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For Immediate Release
December 20, 2017
For More Information Contact: Cheryl Burns, 717-241-4361
Producing and Marketing Non-Timber Forest Products
Valuable webinar series for woodland and agricultural land owners
Four consecutive Tuesdays beginning January 23, 2018
(Carlisle) – Capital RC&D will be holding a series of four webinars focused on opportunities and ideas for producing and marketing forest products. The one-hour webinars will be available free of charge beginning January 23, 2018 at noon and will be presented by top experts who each have significant hands-on experience in non-timber forest product production.The one-hour webinars will enable participants to learn from and ask questions of the presenter without leaving home. Scheduled topics and presenters include:
This event is sponsored by Capital RC&D with support from USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.
The Capital Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Area Council is a seven-county, non-profit that provides leadership to promote responsible use and conservation of our natural, community, and economic resources. The Capital RC&D serves Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York.
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