The Agricultural Outreach Program delivers farmer to farmer workshops talking about and sharing experiences about cover crop demonstrations and more.
PLEASE NOTE: The next Coffee, Crops and Donuts session will take place on September 19th, 9 - 11am at Bruce Road #11 and Sideroad #10 (between Chesley and Paisley - look for the signs!). This session will focus on interseeding with cover crops with Peter Kotzeff, Paul Legges and Harry Bierman.
Our goal is..
When soil structure is lost, run-off and erosion increase. Erosion relocates soil nutrients away from cropland, impacting both farmers and the water quality of our watershed.
When soil structure is at its prime
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs recently had an article about how people are burying their cotton underwear in the soil to determine amount of biological activity in the soil. The idea is that the more microbes in the soil, the more they will munch on the cotton undies.
When they checked the underwear after 2 months, they found that the fields that had cover crops were more biologically active and hardly anything remained of the underwear. The conventionally grown soil did not have so many microbes so the underwear was pretty much in one piece when it was pulled out.
- Wellington County - Rural Water Quality Program - website
- Wellington County - Rural Water Quality Programs (Grants for Best Management Practices)