| Penn State Extension gathers with farmers in Harrison Valley to discuss the importance of Cover Crops.|
Sjoerd Duiker, Ph.D. of Penn State University introduced the cover crop trials to the farmers. As the grouped walked through the variety of crops, they discussed which would be the most viable in this cooler part of the state, as well as their alternative uses, biomass production and ability to absorb nutrients during different parts of the winter. A great take home message for the farmers was “timing is everything.” In the rush of fall harvest, planting a winter crop may not be at the top of farmers’ minds, but planting cover crops early in this region is essential to their success. In addition, Lehman planted triticale around the plot just a few weeks after the plot went in and the noticeable difference in growth was great.