Field day on July 17 takes comprehensive look at cover crop strategies

As part of its mission to make farming more productive and sustainable through soil health, the Soil Health Partnership is holding a field day Tuesday, July 17, in Buffalo Lake for an up-close look at cover crop strategies.

Hosted on the farm of Brian Ryberg, who is a Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Participant, the field day is titled “Growing Farm Returns through Soil Health.” From 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the event will take a comprehensive look at a variety of cover crop strategies to help farmers determine if the conservation practice is a fit for their farm.

“We know that people are interested in cover crops, but it is a matter of how to get this into a farmer’s management system and make it work,” said Tricia Verville, who is the Soil Health Partnership field manager in Minnesota. “That is really the hardest part, and that is where these field days come in to help farmers figure it out.”

At Ryberg Farms, attendees will first see a demonstration of the effects of rain and wind on a variety of soils, including till vs no-till varieties. From there, the groups will go out into the field and examine a variety of cover crops in action. Ryberg along with other soil health experts will discuss the different varieties, including how to plant each, termination, herbicide interactions and the local experience.

Ryberg will also go through the variety of equipment he uses to efficiently plant his cover crops. As an Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant participant, Ryberg effectively planted his cover crops while applying supplemental nitrogen to limit passes in the field, as one example.

Below is the complete information for the July 17 field day. To register, click here.

When: July 17, 2018, 1:30 – 6:30 PM

Where: Ryberg Farms

16659 667th Ave.

Buffalo Lake, Minnesota 55314

**A meal will also be provided for registrants

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