The Watershed Agricultural Council and Schoharie Valley Farms will be hosting a Soil Health Field Day – Building Better Soils With Cover Crops on September 3 in farm fields at Fox Creek Park 495 N Main Street (State Rt. 30) Schoharie, New York.

The event will be held rain or shine under tents and pavilions, starting from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. The program of speakers, demonstrations, and cover crop plots is designed for all farms including livestock, dairy, row crop and vegetable farms.

Pre-registration is required by August 26 by calling 315-866-7920 or visiting the website. Indicate if you require special accommodations when you register and the cost for the day is $15 per person and includes lunch.

The keynote presentation will be by NRCS soil health expert, Ray Archuleta, who will address the important role of cover crops in soil health. Cornell University soil scientist Emily Reiss, will explain what emerging science is telling us about how cover crops change the soil. Cornell Cooperative Extension Field Crop Specialist Dr. Kitty O’Neil will discuss the roles of cover crops, manure and reduced tillage in a comprehensive approach to soil health.  The field day will also feature soil health demonstrations as well as guided tours of over 35 plots of warm and cool season cover crops species.

Industry, Cornell University, and Extension experts will be on hand to discuss production and uses of cover crops for soil health and livestock forage.  Participants will also see examples of strip-till and no-till equipment and talk with extension specialists and farmers that use these systems.