[Market-farming] Acres conference in December??

jjburroughs at msn.com jjburroughs at msn.com
Fri Oct 31 14:48:21 EDT 2008

Great Breck...thanks. I think I'll go check that out.

BTW: Is anyone planning on attending the ACRES conference in St. Louis in December?


> From: bcarden at breckinridgegroup.com
> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:24:52 -0400
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] pumpkin trash
> Good question and a good reply. Jamie if you haven’t already read Eliot
> Coleman’s book “New Organic Grower” I would recommend it to you. It is full
> of info on how to make use of cover crops.
> Peace,
> Farmer Breck 
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> [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Bill
> Shoemaker
> Sent: Friday, October 31, 2008 12:23 PM
> To: Market Farming
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] pumpkin trash
> Not stupid at all. First, like all cover crops it protects soil against
> erosion. It also captures free nitrogen and holds it into the next season.
> In the spring, we create tilled zones before the rye gains much size. Then,
> before planting the pumpkins, we knock the rye down to create a mulch mat.
> At that time the rye is just tillering so it constitues a lot of biomass and
> a significant mulch mat. Using a roller which crimps the rye kills it and
> helps keep it in place. The pumpkins are then planted in the tilled zone.
> Weeds are kept under control in the mulched zones and vines grow out over
> the mulch. The pumpkin fruit set and grow on top of the rye. This has a
> significant positive impact on disease development, especially fruit rots.
> At the end of the season the pumpkins are cleaner and for harvesters,
> whether customers or workers, they can move through the fields even after a
> rain. We've come to like the system very much for these reasons. Commercial
> growers in our area are beginning to implement it on a large scale.
> Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
> University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
> www.nres.uiuc.edu/faculty/directory/shoemaker_wh.html
> Can I ask a stupid question?
> What is the benefit of cover cropping with the rye? Do you cover crop and
> then just disc and till under for organic substance? Or do you use the rye
> for something? chop and feed to animals? or just to help with the weeds
> during the winter season?
> Jaime
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