Cover Crop Field Day set for Oct. 31st

 

Are you interested in Cover Crops? Are you interested on how cover crops can benefit your farm? Are you interested on how other area farmers have integrated into their crop rotation? Benton Soil and Water Conservation District and the University of Minnesota Extension office would like to invite you to come and check out over 15 cover crop demonstration plots planted in a field near Rice, Minn.

 

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On Tuesday, October 31st, from 10:00am to 12:00pm come stop out at the Cover Crop Field Day. Take a short walk through over 15 different cover crop mixes planted in small plots that demonstrate a variety of benefits. There are mixes that are designed to fix nitrogen, decrease compaction, increase soil organic matter, utilize excess soil moisture, reduce soil erosion and nutrient loss, along with fall and spring grazing mixes. The plots also compare cover crops that winterkill verses cover crops that will overwinter and will be terminated the following spring. Learn about how area farmers are incorporating cover crops into their rotations. There will be information and discussion on addition soil health practices that can improve our field’s soil fertility and sustainability. 

The purpose of these cover crop plots is to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of incorporating cover crops into a farming operation under Benton County soil conditions and to hear from area farmers who are implementing cover crops on their farms. Information will be available on cover crop programs and cost-share opportunities that are available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). 

Come join the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District and University of Minnesota Extension office at the 2017 Cover Crop Demonstration Plot Field Day located 4 miles NE of Rice on 160th ST NW (County Road 40).  From Rice: Head north on 25th Ave NW (County Road 21). Take a right and head east on 160th ST NW (County Road 40) and the field is about 1/2 mile down the road. Just look for the road signs that will be place along 25th Ave NW (County Road 21). Come stop by between 10am 12:00pm on Tuesday, October 31st to tour the demonstration field.  See firsthand how cover crops can be implemented into your agriculture production.  

For more information or to schedule a site visit before or after the field day, please contact the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 4:30pm by calling 320-968-5300 ext. 3.


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