Using Mustard as a BioFumigant Cover Crop. Tuesday July 20 from 4-6 pm
at Four Corners Farm in S. Newbury Vermont
This is a reminder to join the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers
Association and University of Vermont Extension tomorrow to learn from
Charlie Gray's 8 years of experience using mustard to suppress weeds and
soil borne diseases in rotation with other crops, especially
strawberries, which are important on this farm. The Gray family grows 50
acres of fruits and vegetables at Four Corners Farm, including about 8
acres of strawberries. This year they will grow about 10 acres of
mustard, sown at 2 different times of the season. Charlie will share
lessons learned about different mustard varieties, explain the timing,
their seeding methods, and demonstrate how the cover crop is mowed and
incorporated prior to a cash crop, which is critical to success.
Vic Izzo and Scott Lewins of UVM Plant and Soil Science Dept. and
Extension will also be attending to describe their research on mustard
biofumigation for wireworm, a Northeast SARE-funded project.
The farm sign is on Route 5. There will be a sign pointing you to where
to park. The meeting is free and open to all. If severe weather requires
cancellation I will notify this list tomorrow morning, but right now it
looks OK. There may be showers so come prepared. I hope to see you there.