2018-04-14 / News

Farming that makes sense


A field day sponsored by the Potter County Conservation District on a farm in Coneville included a presentation from Joel Myers of Centre County, a cover crops and no-till consultant with nearly three decades of ex­perience. After a corn planting had been harvested, the Conservation District planted cover crops using several different methods, including no-till, that support conservation of the soil. A field day sponsored by the Potter County Conservation District on a farm in Coneville included a presentation from Joel Myers of Centre County, a cover crops and no-till consultant with nearly three decades of ex­perience. After a corn planting had been harvested, the Conservation District planted cover crops using several different methods, including no-till, that support conservation of the soil. Potter County Conservation District (PCCD) is gearing up for another year of helping local farmers to plant cover crops and make use of “no-till” equip­ment for planting.

District manager Jason Childs points out that constant tilling of the soil can lead to erosion as well as loss of avail­able nutrients. The soil run-off can impair the quality of steams and water­sheds.

Other benefits of no-till farming in­clude reduced chemical runoff and soil compaction, moisture retention, reduced labor and fuel costs, and increased organic matter.

In 2017, the PCCD units were used to plant on more than 120 acres in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, 120-plus acres in the Genesee River watershed, and about acres in the Allegheny River headwaters.

PCCD rents two seed drills as well as a corn planter. Childs reports that de­mand for the rental units has fallen – but he sees that as good news.

“Many of the farmers who used our equipment have since decided to purchase their own, recognizing the im­portance of protecting the soil on their properties,” Childs said. “The district is still keeping the equipment available for anyone who would like to rent it.

Anyone interested in renting or learn­ing more should call PCCD at 814-274- 8411, extension 4.

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