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SCD Holds Annual Soil Health Field Day

August 20, 2019

The Sussex Conservation District held its 4th Annual Soil Health Field Day at H&V Farms in Laurel on Tuesday.  Over 90 farmers and others braved the August heat and humidity to hear from the District and the Delaware Department of Agriculture on the new $2.9 million cover crop program that is designed to assist Delaware Farmers reduce nutrient loss and meet the State's water quality goals.  The Sussex Conservation District has established a goal of 56,000 acres of cover crops to be planted in this fall, an increase of over 20,000 acres over 2018.

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Those in attendance also heard from their peers who participated in a local farmer panel.  Blaine Hitchens (Laurel), Cory Atkins (Seaford) and Jay Baxter (Georgetown) shared their experiences with various species of cover crops and planting corn into green cover crops.  It was a great conversation on both the successes and challenges they each have faced.

The field day ended up with updates by UD Cooperative Extension on nutrient uptake and herbicide research and a display of planters used by local farmers to plant into green cover crops.

To learn more about cover crops and soil health in Sussex County, visit or you can reach out to SCD at 302-856-3990.