Farmers invited to tour cover crops in the Sacramento Valley on March 3

Farmers and ranchers are invited on a tour to learn how to use cover crops to boost soil health. A full-day tour of several cover crop sites in Sacramento Valley orchards and annual crop fields is offered March 3 by the Western Cover Crop Council’s Southwest Region Committee.

“The purpose of this tour is to demonstrate how to effectively use cover crops in annual crops and orchards in the Sacramento Valley,” said tour organizer Sarah Light, UC Cooperative Extension agronomy advisor.

“This tour will cover a range of topics, including cover crop selection, equipment needed to manage cover crops, cover crop considerations in the region, and the importance of soil health,” said Light, who is also president of Western Cover. Crop Council South West Area Committee and Western Cover Crop Council Board Member.

Cover crop species, cultivars and mixtures, including legumes, grasses and crucifers, will be showcased in Colusa County, along with farmers, UC cooperative extension specialists and researchers who will make presentations.

The tour bus will depart from the Colusa County Cooperative Extension Office at 100 Sunrise Blvd., Suite E, Colusa, CA 95932 at 8:00 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m.

Priority registration is limited to farmers and ranchers until February 1. Other interested people can join after February 1st. The $50 registration fee includes morning refreshments, transportation, lunch and dinner. To register or to view the agenda, visit

Source: UCANR

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