‘Grazing Cover Crops’ | Nov. 12-13, 2015 | Redwood Falls, Mankato, Blue Earth
SFA and the Pasture Project hosted a two-day event series, “Grazing Cover Crops: Innovations in the Field,” on Nov. 12 and 13 in Redwood Falls, Mankato and Blue Earth, Minn. Attendees learned how to use grazing cover crops as a conservation strategy by hearing from experts and touring two local farms.
The Nov. 12 event began with a presentation followed by a field review of cover crops and grazing management at Dan Tiffany’s farm.
On Nov. 13, a discussion surrounding the expansion of grazing cover crops and opportunities to build soil health was held at Mankato City Center Hotel, 101 E Main St. Then the presentation moved to the Scott Haase farm, 7301 377th Ave, Blue Earth, to see grazing cover crops in action and learn about benefits, impact and strategy.
Cover Crops and Livestock Integration | Sept. 25, 2015 | Verndale, Minn., area
The Sustainable Farming Association on Sept. 25, 2015, hosted a tour of four central Minnesota farms and looked at the results of a three-year Minnesota Department of Agriculture Sustainable Ag Demonstration Grant project on various applications of cover crops in livestock operations.
The event began at the farm of Kent and Linda Solberg, 18618 County Rd. 23, Verndale.
The tour group traveled via a coach bus to the three other farms: Larry Heitkamp’s farm in Sebeka, Dan and Rosie Middendorf’s farm near Verndale, and Marcus Edin’s farm near Staples.
‘Fencing Innovations for Soil Health’ Field Day | Sept. 18, 2015 | Marshall, Minn.
Fencing innovations have made the integration of livestock into cover cropping systems easier than ever, and SFA hosted a free field day Sept. 18, 2015, to show how these strategies can result in improved soil health and enhanced profitability.
Kent Solberg, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist, installed a semi-permanent fence on the Allen Duetz farm in Marshall. Solberg, who has 20 years personal and professional fence design and installation experience, also led a discussion of the cover crops planted and how Duetz intends to use them to build soil health and improve his farm profitability.
This event was made possible with support from The Pasture Project.