Thames Valley/Heartland Regions Tier 2 #RootsNotIron Project


Thames Valley region is partnering with the Heartland Region for an OSCIA Tier 2 project  grant assessing the impact of having living roots in the soil at all times—be it standard field crops, cover crops, or a combination of both.

This three year project will include planting cover crops into standing field crops, and planting field crops into residue, compared with standard best management and standard cover crop (clover in wheat) practices. Plots will be located in all 7 counties in the two regions, and plans are in the works to include some of the plots during field tours.

We owe a great deal of thanks to many who helped get this project off the ground, and provided assistance in many ways. Mel Luymes (Heartland RCC), Chris Meier and Don McNaughton (Quality Seeds), Innovative Farmers of Ontario, Sharon Bowes (Ontario Agri-Food Education,) Jack  Legg (SGS), Dave Hooker (Ridgetown College) Bill Deen (U of Guelph), and the many conservation authority staff who provided letters of support for the project. Also, huge thanks to the cooperators who agreed to participate in the project and to OSCIA and OMAFRA for providing the funding opportunity. And of course, Peter J for his input. Watch here for updates and photos as we work through the project

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