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No-till and Cover Crop Managment Field Workshop

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Rutgers Snyder Research Farm 140 Locust Grove Rd, Pittstown, NJ 08867

We invite you to participate in an in-person No-till and Cover Crop Field Workshop scheduled for Thursday, October 21, from· 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Rutgers Snyder Research Farm in Pittstown, New Jersey. The event focuses on solutions to soil health implementation impediments and advanced cover crop practices.



Topics of Discussion Include:

  • "Planting Green" Demonstration: Delaying cover crop termination until after cash crop planting can result in double the cover crop biomass. During the field day, participants will have an opportunity to watch no-till corn planters will plant a cash crop through plots where (1) cover crop was killed using herbicide and (2) cover crop is living and growing. Compare the planting quality and ease of planting and learn about the applications, benefits, and drawbacks of this planting method.

  • Grazing cover crops – bang or bust? : Grazing cover crops have been shown by researchers to boost soil health and profits. But does the practice work in the northeast no-till farms wet springs soil are vulnerable to plugging and compaction. Find out more bases of the results of a recent field trial by Penn State Professor Sjoerd Duiker.

  • Discussing soil health with farmers: Agricultural Specialist, Christian Bench has enrolled more than 6000 acres of cropland in the NRCS Soil Health Initiative over his career. Christian will share his strategies for getting farmers interested in soil health and answers to farmers' most common questions.

  • Soil Health Innovations Around The Country (and World): Steve Groff is a leading authority on the use of cover crops, no-till planting, and regenerative agriculture. A third-generation farmer from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Groff consults with farmers, corporations, and governments around the world to improve soil health practice implementation. Groff will discuss how leading farmers are innovating, through practices like (1) Planting Green, (2) Roller Crimping, (3) Livestock Integration, (4) Intercropping, and other topics.

  • No-till Drill, Planters and Roller Crimpers On Display




No-Cost Program: Lunch Provided & Travel Stipends Available: The workshop is available free of charge to agricultural service providers in the Northeast thanks to the generous support of a USDA-SARE Professional Development Grant. Lunch will be provided. Participants of the online workshop series held during the fall of 2020 can also apply for travel stipends for accommodations and mileage.

​COVID Precautions

During this fully outdoor event, participants will adhere to state-wide COVID-19 precautions. The workshop will take place under a large tent out in the field. All state-mandated COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to and participants will be expected to follow social distance and mask-wearing guidelines.

Continuing Education Credits:

Continuing Education Credits Participants who complete the workshop are eligible for the following CEC and CEU from the following (Pending Approval):

  • Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Credits: 3.5 Nutrient Mgt CEC

  • Maryland Nutrient Management Credits:

  • Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units: 4.5 Total CEUs



This workshop is offered free through the support of USDA-SARE.

Space is limited and enrollment will be capped at 50 participants.


This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number: 2018-38640-28415 through the Northeast Region SARE program under project number #ENE19-157-33243



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