IssuesFall 2021Are Cover Crops Worth the Work?​​​​​​​ - A Spud Smart Roundtable Webinar...

Are Cover Crops Worth the Work?​​​​​​​ – A Spud Smart Roundtable Webinar & Podcast


Cover crops are becoming more and more popular as producers of all types are looking at how to preserve and help their soil. Potato growers have been using cover crops for years but with more varieties available, how worth it is it to put the extra work in to plant, maintain and harvest or till up a cover crop?

​​​​​​​During this webinar, you will learn:​​​​​​​

  • The benefits of cover crops for soil
  • Information on cover crop trials using sorghum-sudangrass, pearl millet, red clover, brown mustard and a mixture of grasses and legumes
  • Impacts of cover crops on potato yields

Judith Nyiraneza, research scientist in nutrient management and soil health with AAFC Living Lab – Atlantic

Judith Nyiraneza holds a bachelor of science in agronomy, a master of science in crop and soil sciences from Michigan State University, and a PhD in soil and environment from Laval University. Her research has contributed to increasing agricultural productivity and enhancing environmental performance. Nyiraneza has focused on better understanding nitrogen and carbon cycling in diversified cropping systems and identifying strategies to enhance phosphorus use efficiency in acidic soils. She tests different agricultural practices to enhance soil organic matter in low residue cropping systems.

Scott Gillespie, regenerative ag consultant with Plants Dig Soil Consulting Ltd.

Scott Gillespie helps individuals and companies transition from conventional to regenerative agriculture through consulting, podcasting, and a monthly newsletter. He has his bachelor of science in agriculture with a focus in agronomy from the University of Guelph and his master of science with a focus in plant science from the University of Manitoba. Along with certified crop advisor status Gillespie is also registered with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists as a professional agrologist.

Proudly sponsored by BASF and McCain

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