By Jodi DeJong-Hughes
Aerial seeding of cereal rye cover crop into soybeans and standing corn. Photo by USDA-NRCS on September 11, 2013.
Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is partnering with the University of Minnesota Extension to bring you a captivating Cover Crop Field Day on Wednesday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. near Roscoe.
Cover crops are a great tool growers can utilize to protect and enhance their most valuable resource--productive soil. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the benefits and challenges of cover crops. You will learn about six different cover crop cocktail mixes and four different seeding methods of cereal rye. A soil pit will offer a rare look into soil structure and root growth. Experienced soil and cover crop experts will discuss cover crop species, benefits, and seeding rates (Shannon Osborne, ARS and Jill Sackett, UMN Extension), soil health (Jodi DeJong-Hughes, UMN Extension), government assistance programs (Dave Rose, NRCS), and the challenges of growing late season cover crops (Dan Ley, dairy farmer). A wide range of cover crops will include purple top turnip, oilseed radish, forage peas, three types of vetch, red clover, buckwheat, lentils, millet, annual and cereal ryegrass, oats and flax.
The field day is located 4 miles west of Richmond or 1 mile east of Roscoe on Highway 23. For more information call or email Brad Wenz at 320-251-7800 ext. 0 or Brad.Wenz@mn.nacdnet.net.