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SoilKeepers works with Central Virginia landowners to complete fall site prep. for 2017 quail and pollinator meadows

Somerset, VA – SoilKeepers preparing field for spring meadow establishment through winter wheat cover crop using Atchison no-till drill. The meadow will be established for quail and pollinator habitat along the Rapidan River. Species were selected not only for wildlife but also for landowner recreational value – designed for good meadow site lines, horse riding, and great smells (licorice and others) (see below). Thanks to the Perdue Family for supporting this work and to Winslow Fence and Farm, Logan Collins (Oakencroft Farm), and Orange-Madison Coop for assistance with this project.

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% of Mix Latin Name Common Name Cultivar/ Ecotype
38.0 Panicum anceps Beaked Panicgrass MD
40.9 Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem FIG (PA) preferred
2.5 Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed PA or any
1.5 Chamaecrista fasciculata Partridge Pea PA
1.5 Chamaecrista nictitans Sensitive Pea NC
3.0 Coreopsis lanceolata Lance Leaf Coreopsis Any
0.1 Coreopsis verticillata Threadleaf Coreopsis VA
3.0 Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower Any
1.8 Lespedeza virginica Slender Bushclover VA
2.5 Liatris squarrosa Scaly Blazing Star VA
0.1 Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot FIG (PA)
0.3 Monarda punctata Dotted Mint MD or SC
0.9 Penstemon laevigatus Appalachian Beardtongue PA
1.0 Rudbeckia fulgida Orange Coneflower VA
2.5 Rudbeckia hirta Black Eyed Susan Any
0.1 Solidago juncea Early Goldenrod PA
0.2 Solidago nemoralis Gray Goldenrod PA
0.1 Solidago odora Licorice Scented Goldenrod PA
100 Total
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