July 11, 2019
NCAT, the University of Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and PPC Farms present this free field day focused on cover cropping in vegetable production as part of the Subtropical Soil Health Initiative. This field day will be held at PPC Farms, a diversified organic vegetable farm. Dr. Alex Racelis of UTRGV will discuss how to overcome barriers to using cover crops in hot and humid climates. Stephanie Kasper will demonstrate a process for verifying that legume cover crops are nodulating: converting atmospheric nitrogen to bioavailable nitrogen in the soil. NCAT’s own Justin Duncan will present his research on innovative cover crops for the Rio Grande Valley, including pigeon pea and scarlet runner bean. There will be a Q&A with NCAT staff, UTRGV researchers, farmers, and NRCS officials at the end of the program.