Dewey County Field Day to Demonstrate Value of Cover Crops in Improving Soil HealthFri, 27 Jun 2014 10:38:41 CDT
A upcoming Dewey County field day will demonstrate the benefits to soil health from integrating cover crops into farming practices. The Dewey County Conservation District together with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a Cover Crop Field Day on Tuesday, July 8th at 10 a.m.
Participants will tour of five cropland fields with different cover crop plantings, which include grasses, legumes or small grains. Cover crops are grown between regular grain crop production periods for the purpose of protecting and improving the soil. In addition to preventing soil erosion due to wind and water, cover crops can provide a variety of other benefits when implemented into farming and ranching operations including adding organic matter and nutrients into the soil, providing weed control, improving soil structure and increasing water capacity.
Healthy soil is essential to meet the increasing food production needs of the world's growing population. By implementing conservation practices such as cover crops, agriculture producers are helping to ensure our soils are sustainable for future generations. Find more information on cover crops and soil health at www.nrcs.usda.gov.
Speakers include Jimmy Emmons, a producer who will discuss the benefits and challenges of cover crops, Gary O'Neill, NRCS State Conservationist will discuss soil health,
Jimmy Evans of Western Equipment, LLC will discuss grid sampling variable rates and Steve Alspach, NRCS Assistant State Soil Scientist will conduct a rainfall simulator demonstration. Lunch will be held at the farm of Jimmy Emmons, a Dewey County Conservation District Board Member
Participants will meet at the Rhea Baptist Church at County Road 211 / Highway 47 in Dewey County. Reservation are requested by by July 1, 2014 to 580/328-5366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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