The Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance will host a summer field day on Thursday, July 25, at Hershey Farm, 338 Sunnyburn Road in Elizabethtown, starting at 8 a.m.

Rick Clark, a fifth generation farmer from Williamsport, Indiana, will be the keynote speaker. He manages 7,000 acres of crop land, growing primarily corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. A main component of his no-till system is maximizing cover crop performance and planting his cash crops into living covers to build biomass, suppress weeds, recycle nutrients and feed soil microbes.

His presentation — “Getting the Most from Your No-Till Operation by Farming Green” — will share details of techniques and adjustments he’s made to successfully no-till crops into green covers.

He will also talk about his experience with utilizing diverse cover species and rotations to maximize his production and his decision to grow non-GMO corn and soybeans for specific markets. He is also in the process of transitioning a portion of his acreage into organic production.

Other event topics include no-till after spring forage, an update from Pennsylvania EPA, challenges presented by organic no-till commodity crops, value of no-till and cover crops outside the bay watershed, and no-till and cover crops when growing hemp.

Also, on Wednesday, July 24, consider joining the alliance for a “Meeting of the Minds” dinner and discussion which begins at 6 p.m. The focus will be current cover crop and no-till challenges.

If pre-registered by July 22, Meeting of the Minds and the field day are free. Pre-register by emailing or calling 717-574-4510.

If not pre-registered, cost to attend each event is $10, collected at the event.

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