Cover Crops for Soil Health and Weed Control in No-Till Vegetable Production

Preventing weeds from competing with crops without degrading soil quality remains a major challenge in sustainable crop production.   No-till vegetable production can offer a more sustainable approach to weed management than the frequent use of herbicides and tillage. This is especially true for organic farmers, who are not permitted to use synthetic herbicides and therefore must rely on frequent cultivation and tillage for weed control.  Tillage and herbicides do help control weeds however they often have negative impacts on soil health. In this half-day training we will demonstrate on-going organic no-till field research at Clemson’s Coastal Research & Education Center Farm and learn about cover crop selection for use in no-till systems.

When: April 20th 2016, 9AM – 12PM 

Where: Coastal Research and Education Center Experiment Station, 2865 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC

**This training is the first in a series of cover cropping for no-till vegetable production trainings to be held in South Carolina in 2016.  An additional training will be held in Charleston in the fall, two in Clemson in Spring and Fall and one in Columbia.  Dates of future trainings to be announced.


Dr. Brian Ward serves as a Research Specialist III and conducts a multitude of both conventional and organic research activities. Dr. Ward’s conventional research involves conducting annual variety trials on cantaloupe, processing tomato, sweet corn and peppers. Dr. Ward is charge of the Organic Research Farm at CREC and is an organic specialist in crop rotations that benefit soils, grains and vegetables. There is wide variety of audiences of Dr. Ward’s research including extension, growers, industry and students at the high school, collegiate and beginner grower levels.

David Robb – David is a research associate and PhD student in the Plant & Environmental Sciences Program at Clemson. David has an M.S. from Clemson. His master’s and doctoral research focuses on cost-effective management of cover crop residue for no-till vegetable production.


Introductions Geoff Zehnder, CU Sustainable Agriculture Program

Cover Crop Presentation with overview of research project David Robb, CU Sustainable Agriculture Program & Dr. Brian Ward, CREC Research Farm


In-Field Demonstration Dr. Brian Ward



This training is free to attend however you must register in advance to ensure there is room.  Please register at:


Please contact Kelly Flynn Gilkerson at

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