Deep Rooted Cover Crops Research

On left: Dr. Ray Weil, on right: Travis of Harborview Farms

On left: Dr. Ray Weil, on right: Travis of Harborview Farms

Dr. Ray Weil of the University of Maryland visited Harborview Farms last week to establish some cover crop experimental plots. The 20-acre plot will assess the nutrient capture of deep rooted cover crops. The goal of deep rooted cover crops is to keep nutrients, such as nitrogen, out of the Chesapeake Bay.

This trial will be replicated three times, and it includes cover crops such as tillage radish, cereal rye, and a three-way mix (triticale, tillage radish, and crimson clover) with two different planting dates. A section of the field will serve as a control plot for comparison. Stay tuned for additional updates on these experimental plots.

 

Watch the video above to learn more about Dr. Ray Weil's Deep Nitrogen Study.

 
Dr. Ray Weil and two students, Sarah and Evan, measuring out the replicated 20-acre plot. One of the students is obtaining 7-foot deep soil cores.

Dr. Ray Weil and two students, Sarah and Evan, measuring out the replicated 20-acre plot. One of the students is obtaining 7-foot deep soil cores.

Greg of Harborview Farms using the drill to plant the test plots.

Greg of Harborview Farms using the drill to plant the test plots.

Calibrating the drill.

Counting the seeds to ensure correct calibration.

 
Dr. Ray Weil engaging in a teaching moment with one of his students. 

Dr. Ray Weil engaging in a teaching moment with one of his students.