Pros and Cons of Cover Cropping for No-till Vegetable & Row Crop Production

Pros and Cons of Cover Cropping for No-till Vegetable & Row Crop Production: Making sense of current research and past experiences

May 17TH, 2018, 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM, Madren Conference Center & Clemson Student Organic Farm, Clemson, SC

No-till vegetable production offers a more sustainable approach to weed management than the frequent use of herbicides and tillage, and promotes soil health. Because cover crop based no-till vegetable production involves a different approach to management, growers may be reluctant to transition from conventional tillage without seeing the system in action and knowing its costs and benefits compared with conventional tillage. Row crop farmers often have a concern whether cover crops, will deplete soil moisture and cause water stress for the next cash crop. In this workshop we will discuss the pros and cons of cover cropping in no-till vegetable and row crop systems based on current research and our experiences in the field over the past decade. A “Lunch and Learn” session will include demonstrations of weed ID techniques and the effectiveness of organic herbicides. Field tours of cover crop research plots at the Clemson Organic Farm (for vegetable production) and at nearby Millam Farm (row crop production) will be conducted following the Lunch and Learn session.   Continue reading

Annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture

You’re invited to the annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss critical issues, challenges and needs related to Sustainable Agriculture development in South Carolina. The meeting is open to all South Carolina farmers, educators, policy makers, state and federal government and non-governmental agricultural agency personnel, and other South Carolina citizens with an interest in sustainable agriculture. Input from this public meeting will be used to prioritize critical issues and needs and to formulate plans for statewide sustainable agriculture training and education programs in 2018.
The Open Forum meeting will be held on the 30th of November, 2017 at the Kingston Plantation Embassy Suites Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Myrtle Beach location was chosen this year to facilitate participation by many of our stakeholders who also plan to attend the Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo being held from November 27th -29th and  the South Carolina Farm Bureau (SCFB) Annual Meeting from November 30th – Dec. 2nd at the same location.

Date: Thursday, November 30th 2017

Time: 9:30 – 12:30 PM

Place: Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation
~ PEMBROKE ROOM ~ 9800 Queensway Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

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Making Cover Crops Work in No-Till Vegetable Production – workshop in South Carolina

Join our cover crop specialists for a practical look at using cover crops for no-till production. We’ll start in the classroom for an update on our USDA cover crop research project, and a discussion on nuts and bolts information like varieties, seeding methods, seeding rates, termination methods, planting vegetables into residue, and lessons learned related to all those things. Then we’ll head to the field (Student Organic Farm in Clemson and CREC Research Farm in Charleston) to look at plots, cover crop termination, and depending on timing we could observe planting vegetables into residue. We’ll finish with lunch and Q&A. We’ll also have some print resources available.  Each participant will receive a copy of the Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education Program’s publication “Managing Cover Crops Profitably”. Continue reading

Clemson awarded $175,000 grant for cover-crop research

by Jim Melvin, Public Service Activities, Clemson University

Clemson University’s Sustainable Agriculture Program has received a $175,000 collaborative grant to study and refine no-till cover-crop management for weed control in vegetable production.

The three-year grant (No. 2015-7006-24163) was awarded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s crop protection and pest management program. NIFA is a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Field trials will be held in three separate locations: the Clemson Student Organic Farm; Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston; and City Roots Farm, a Columbia-based farm operated by Robbie and Eric McClam.

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Ecological Management of Pests, Disease and Weeds

Are you interested in learning how to manage your pests, disease and weeds on your farms or in your gardens using preventative measures and ecologically sound principals? Join Lowcountry Local First and Clemson Sustainable Agriculture for this full day interactive training with a variety of experts in the field.

June 22nd, 2015 8:30-4:30 pm

@ Clemson Coastal REC

 2700 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29414

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