Cover Crop Workshop in Michigan

Cover crops are odd plants you grow for the soil, and typically not to harvest. They are grown to improve the soil, leading to better crops that follow. Many farmers understand the benefits of planting them but it’s challenging to find a time when there is not a crop in the ground and the climate is still favorable for growing. Come listen to our feature speaker Vicki Morrone, Outreach Specialist for Organic Vegetable and Field Crops from Michigan State University, share ideas on how to grow cover crops with vegetable crops.  This informative session will be held on Thursday, Oct 8th at 6:30 p.m., at the Highland Pines School’s cafeteria, located at 1381 Cleaver Rd. in Caro.  This program is free of charge and open to all that are interested in learning about the benefits of cover crops.   The evening program will provide information on a wide range of cover crops and their different qualities, and how you can determine which ones best meet your soils’ needs.  She will talk about planting two or more cover crops at one time to maximize benefits such as weed competition, reduction of soil erosion and adding organic matter. Brad Morgan, owner of Morgan’s Compost located in Sears, Michigan, will also be sharing information on the benefits of compost and how it can improve the soil in your fields, gardens and lawns. So if you want to learn how to build healthier soil to provide nutrients to the crop and build the soil for the long haul, then you should join us for an informative evening and good discussion.  To register for the event or additional information call the Tuscola County MSU Extension office at 989-672-3870. Visit www.michiganorganic.msu.edu for event flyer. This workshop is being sponsored by Will’s Greenhouse of Vassar and hosted by the Green Thumb Master Gardener Association.

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