Soil and water conservation districts across the state are working to help educate landowners about cover crops. We see this as a team effort and we are as hungry for knowledge as our producers.
One of the things we have heard over and over this winter is that your first question should be: What is my goal for the cover crop? Do I want to add nitrogen, reduce compaction, capture excess nutrients, build organic matter, or improve weed control?
Every cover crop species has its own niche and characteristic for crop production. Understanding cover crop combinations is essential to success so do your research to understand the management needed to minimize negative outcomes. The Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet SAG-9-09 has some good information to help you with these decisions.
Your Hamilton County Soil & Water conservation District has selected cover crop combinations that assist local gardeners in achieving the best results possible. Seed packets are available for pre-order, but you must have your order in by April 2, 2013. Go to www.hcswcd.org to view the brochure. District Administrator, Holly Utrata-Halcomb will also be offering a workshop on the topics of soil fertility testing and the use of cover crops on April 23, 2013 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Call the office at 513-772-7645.