Educational videos on cover crops
Cover crops, typically planted in early fall, provide many agricultural and conservation benefits. Citrus growers have discovered that cover crops reduce the demand for water, saving substantial irrigation costs. In addition, cover crops provide support for beneficial insects, which helps reduce the need for pesticides.
In partnership with the Contra Costa County Resource Conservation District, two University of California Cooperative Extension Advisors (UCCE) collaborated to support farmers’ cover crop efforts. Kamyar Aram, UCCE Specialty Crop Advisor for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, and Rob Bennaton, UCCE Bay Area Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Advisor, have developed an educational series in free line on cover crops. The videos detail how to grow non-cash crops to add beneficial biomass to soils.
The series – comprising 10 webinars and five virtual farm tours – features UC agriculture and urban advisers and some of California’s top cover crop experts. The videos help growers overcome their reluctance to plant cover crops. The benefits of cover crops include less compaction, improved water retention, and increased organic matter and nutrients in the soil.
âOur site visit videos include a diversity of growing systems, types and scales of operations, and levels of experience with cover crops, so we really capture a variety of perspectives,â Aram said. âNow with the videos online, I hope they will serve as a tool for other agricultural educators, as well as a resource for producers directly. “
Recorded videos cover basic methods, financial aid, orchard and vineyard tips and more.
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Learn more about Educational videos on cover crops from California Department of Food and Agriculture on the citrus industry website.