Cover Crop Twilight Tour to be June 20

Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District will host a Cover Crop Twilight Tour focused on no-till corn planted into rolled cereal rye at the Vernon Hershberger farm on Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. The farm is located at 2387 CR 70, Sugarcreek.
Planting into cover crops brings opportunities to reduce some crop pest issues, but it potentially increases the incidence of others.
Dean Slates and Joe Christner of Holmes SWCD will guide this informal on-farm program, addressing cover crop concerns. The program will include a field walk to scout for armyworm and slug damage and to observe no-till corn planted into cereal rye without herbicide.
7:00       Introduction and Overview
             Weeds & Potential weed control issues
             Insects & Slugs: Scouting & Diagnosis to intercept problems before they occur
              Pest Management/Pesticide options
              Fertility Management and Opportunities
8:30       Adjourn
There is no charge to attend this program. For questions or more information, contact Holmes SWCD at 330-674-2811 or


Joe Christner came to Holmes SWCD in 2001 with experience and knowledge drawn from 20-plus years of dairy farming. He grew up on a small farm near New Bedford, Ohio. His background interest and involvement in agriculture from the time he was a young man give him an empathy and understanding of the needs and concerns of today’s farmers. Joe can assist you with conservation plans for your farming operation, including nutrient management planning and record keeping.  He will provide information on cover crops in your rotation which will improve soil health and reduce erosion. Water quality, soil health, and conserving the resources needed for the next generation and beyond is very important to Joe.  He and his wife, Nina, have two daughters and five grandsons.  He is involved in many areas of service at New Pointe Community Church.Contact Joe at 330-674-2811 or