Good dirt

From the 2015 Red Cedar Demonstration Farm workshop: Visitors learned about research underway to improve soil health and prevent run-off of fertilizers into area waterways. Seen here are the seven plants — including sorghum, sunflowers, peas, vetch, turnips and radishes — that make up the full season cover crop planted on part of the farm. According to Dan Prestebak, county conservationist, each plant contributes something different to the soil.

The Dunn County Soil and Water Health Partnership will be hosting a fall field day on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Red Cedar Demonstration Farm (RCDF), located near the intersection of Highway 12/29 and Stokke Parkway, east of Menomonie.

The workshops will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 pm (rain or shine) at the RCDF farm fields. Topics and speakers will focus on cover crops and will include:

Use of cover crops with fall manure applications: Matt Ruark, professor and Extension Soil Scientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cover crop seed varieties update and discussion: Chad Zutter, Elk Mound Seed

Highboy cover crop application discussion and demonstration: Eberly Ag Services of Thorp

Precipitation and nitrogen use efficiency in 2017: CVTC and Countryside Cooperative

Rainfall simulator demonstration: Brian Briski, NRCS Area Resource Conservationist

A total of 3 CCA CEUs have been applied for this session. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided by Compeer Financial. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register by Sept. 22 to ensure an adequate number of handouts are available.

Register by contacting Katie Wantoch, UW-Extension Dunn County Agriculture Agent, via email katie.wantoch@ces.uwex.edu or phone 715-232-1636. More information is also available on the UW-Extension Dunn County website—http://dunn.uwex.edu/agriculture/red-cedar-demonstration-farm-2/

This workshop is sponsored by the Dunn County Soil and Water Health Partnership, Compeer Financial, Elk Mound Seed and Countryside Cooperative. Partnership agencies include: Chippewa Valley Technical College, Dunn County Land and Water Conservation Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service and University of Wisconsin-Extension Dunn County.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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