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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Join us for a unique and diverse soil health and cover crop field day!

Photo Credit: Liz Stahl, U of MN Extension
By Lizabeth Stahl, Extension Educator - Crops

Register today for the "Cover Crop and Soil Health Learning Tour",
September 8th at the Bruce and Mary Brunk Farm, Rushmore, MN​
9:00 - 3:00

The “Cover Crop and Soil Health Learning Tour” will feature many aspects to improve your soil's health and production. The tour will include water infiltration​ demonstrations, hands-on activities, cover crop by herbicide demonstrations, research updates, a farmer panel, ​soil-root pit, ​and equipment demonstrations.

Topics include:
  • ​​Cover crop choices, benefits and challenges
  • Reduced tillage benefits and residue management​
  • Weed management with cover crops and heavy residue
  • The latest research on nutrient management
  • How to fit injected manure into corn, soybean, and cover crop systems
  • Water infiltration other soil health measures

E​quipment demonstrations include:
  • 2 strip till implements from Twin Diamond
  • 2 cover crop interseeders from Penn State and Hiniker
  • 2 manure applicator​s from VTI

Speakers include: Shannon Osborne, USDA-ARS; Jennifer Hahn, Pheasants Forever; Brian Christianson, USDA-NRCS; John Shea, Nobles Co. SWCD; and Scotty Wells, Gregg Johnson, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Liz Stahl, Randy Pepin, and Dan Raskin, U of MN Extension. The farmer panel includes: Bruce Brunk, Bryan Bielger, and Mike Erbes.

Registration and check-in will start at 8:30, and the program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is requested at by September 1st to assist with meal count. A registration fee of $20 will be collected at the door to help cover program costs, including lunch. Scholarships are available upon request.

The site is located 2.5 miles north of I-90 (exit 33), at the intersection of Co Rd 13 and 220th Street.

​For more information and to pre-register visit program is supported in part by a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service and funding from MN North Central Region-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

​Hope to see you there!

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