Cover cropping is a sustainable agricultural technique dedicated to planting specific crops with the goal of enhancing soil health, bolstering climate adaptability, and contributing to climate mitigation. These crops are strategically chosen and managed, offering substantial advantages to farmers by focusing on soil and ecosystem benefits. The positive impacts include preventing soil erosion, suppressing weed growth, alleviating soil compaction, increasing soil organic matter, refining soil structure, augmenting soil water-holding capacity, and optimizing nutrient cycling. Furthermore, cover crops serve as habitats for beneficial insects, fostering the presence of pollinators and natural predators of pests.
During this event, participants embarked on a virtual tour of Kalala Organic Estate Winery, followed by an engaging Q&A session and updates from Karnail Singh Sidhu, and Dr. Mehdi Sharifi, Research Scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.