Cover crops help with weeds in high tunnels

by Candice Pollock-Moore, Southern SARE

Barley and hairy vetch growing vigorously in a high tunnel at Lola’s Organic Farm in southeast Georgia were going to seed. It was mid-April. Time to mow and prepare the soil for the summer’s cash crops: ginger and turmeric.

Since last year, couple Jennifer Taylor and Ron Gilmore – USDA certified organic farmers – have been playing around with growing cover crops in high tunnels, following the positive results of a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE)-funded Producer Grant project that showed cover crops grown in the field ahead of a cash crop can suppress weeds and build soil health. Continue reading

Webinar: Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation

Join the conversation to learn the conservation status of North America’s bumble bees (including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis), threats they face, and conservation measures known to support healthy bee communities. This webinar will cover the basics of bumble bee ecology and conservation. Participants will learn the status of North America’s nearly 50 species of bumble bees, the threats they face, and the role that important habitat features and land management play in supporting robust bumble bee communities. Participants will also learn basic identification skills as well as the resources available for a more in depth investigation. Learn more…

This webinar is sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Continue reading

Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation

Join the conversation to learn the conservation status of North America’s bumble bees (including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis), threats they face, and conservation measures known to support healthy bee communities. Sponsored by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, this webinar will cover the basics of bumble bee ecology and conservation. Participants will learn the status of North America’s nearly 50 species of bumble bees, the threats they face, and the role that important habitat features and land management play in supporting robust bumble bee communities. Participants will also learn basic identification skills as well as the resources available for a more in depth investigation. Learn more… Continue reading

Soil Microbes Every Agronomist Should Know

This webinar is sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology, National Technology Support Centers

What will you learn?

This webinar will focus on the challenges and benefits of managing soil biology rather than relying only on chemically based systems, along with the key roles that soil microbes play in agroecosystems. Learn more… Continue reading

New Bee Better Certification for Farmers and Ranchers Who Help Bees

From the Connection

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with conservation partners like the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to help farmers plan and implement conservation practices that benefit bees and other pollinators. Through a new certification program – Bee Better Certified – agricultural producers can inform consumers that they are farming in ways that benefit bees. Continue reading

Native Thistles: Important and Misunderstood Plants for Conservation

Presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology, National Technology Support Centers

What will you learn?

Learn about the value of native thistles to pollinators and other wildlife, the precarious conservation status of native thistles, and ways we can conserve the wide diversity of native thistles in North America. Learn more… Continue reading

Webinar: Mitigating Potential Impacts of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Wetland Ecosystems

What will you learn?

Participants will learn about opportunities to mitigate for potential risks of neonicotinoid insecticides to aquatic systems. Learn more…

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