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Rotational crops focus of open house

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 8:35 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -

Rotational crops was the focus of an open house Wednesday, hosted in Presque Isle by the Central Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District.

Randy Martin, executive director of the agency, says turnout was good at the demonstration plot, located on the Staple Farm on the Ashby Road. About 50 people attended the day-long event, which included lunch and a tour of more than a dozen plots. Rotational options included clover, mustard, radish, and turnip.

“It’s a good idea to come to something like this to see what’s available. And we’ve had the state soil scientist, Dave Rocque, was here this morning pointing out some soil issues. And Seedway, of course, is here talking about the different plots. The District partnered with Seedway on this. They provided all the seed,” says Randy Martin.

Martin plans to make this a regular event, providing farmers an opportunity to learn the benefits of alternating crops. We’ll have more from the event about how rotational crops benefit County growers on a future County Ag Report.

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