Cover Crop Field Day Features Local Producers

Attendees at the Cover Crop Field Day were educated about the the Rock River Watershed.One hundred three participants, including approximately 53 producers, attended the first Farmers for Healthy Soil-Healthy Water Field Day on Aug. 2nd at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.  The Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil-Healthy Water have a mission of improving our community’s soil & water through conservation practices & education for the Rock River Watershed, which includes portions of Fond du Lac County. This group of farmers have started on-farm trials evaluating the best way to plant cover crops into current crop rotations.

Local farmers shared information and tips about some of their on-farm research trials that Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing is assisting them conduct in order to answer the questions they need to make using cover crops a success on their farm.  In addition, UW-Extension  researchers and educators (Drs. Jim Leverich, Heidi Johnson, and Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing) shared their insight and knowledge about cover crop species selection, seeding, no-till use, and economic framework for using cover crops and/or no-till.

Equipment and seed vendors shared ways to adapt and use implements for cover crops.  Planting methods discussed throughout the day’s program included inter-seeding, verti-seeding, aerial seeding, and using a no-till drill.

UW-Extension is part of the Dodge County Alliance that helped host this event. Financial support was provided by the following agri-businesses: Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, Compeer Financial, Sam’s Well Drilling, Jung Seeds, Byron Seeds, Badgerland-Waldvogel Seeds, Foremost Farms-USA, and BMO Harris Bank.

Photo Courtesy of Don Heilman

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