The hard work removing plastic from Sand Hill Farm continued this week as we cleared more plastic from the dumpsite and hauled it away in dumpsters and labor crews removed even more plastic and agricultural debris from the fields. We are also repairing sediment basins, drainage and irrigation systems in preparation for planting our cover crop.
There was some excitement this week as our cover crop seed arrived. We had 6,500 pounds of Merced rye delivered by L.A. Hearne Co. Their help has been appreciated in this critical step. Merced rye was chosen because it is quick to grow, matures late, and is non-persistent (it won’t become a pest plant/weed). We will be installing 50% over normal use rates to ensure we have a dense cover crop (80#/acre is normal and we will use 120#/acre).