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Sign up for Soil Solutions Field Day in September

Farmers and agricultural experts from across the region are invited to the UMN Extension Soil Solutions Field Day: Improving farm productivity through healthy soil on September 7. Come and explore innovative methods to enhance farm productivity through the promotion of healthy soil. Taking place at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, located at 46352 W Hwy 329, Morris, MN 56267, the field day promises to offer valuable insights for attendees.

One of the main challenges faced by farmers is the dilemma between long-term soil health goals and the immediate benefits of tillage for residue management and seedbed preparation. This predicament is particularly prominent in the west-central region of Minnesota, where the planting window is already narrow. The Soil Solutions Field Day will address this issue by discussing management tweaks that can be tailored to each farm's unique soil content. The aim is to help farmers strike a balance between building soil health and profitability.

A wide range of sessions will be offered throughout the day, covering various topics such as tillage choices in different soil conditions, water management through cover crops, planting green during dry years, and the detrimental impact of soil erosion on crop productivity. Attendees can look forward to hearing from experienced farmers, University experts, and industry professionals who will share their knowledge and expertise on soil health, cover crops, reduced tillage, and erosion control.

The Soil Solutions Field Day is open to farmers, whether they have prior experience with soil health practices or not, as well as anyone who works closely with farmers and wishes to gain real-world insights on cover crops, reduced tillage, and soil health. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with a farmer panel from 1:05 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For additional information about the event and to assure a complimentary lunch, interested individuals can visit For any inquiries, please contact Jodi DeJong-Hughes at or 320-815-4112.
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