The Sustainable Farming Association recently announced three upcoming Soil Health Network events, all focused on cover crops and pastured livestock: Aug. 9 in Morris, Aug. 10 in Corcoran, and Sept. 22 in Pine City. Details are below; for more information on all SFA Soil Health Network events, as well as various other resources, visit our soil health portal at sfa-mn.org/soil.
Soil Health Network Event: Organic Dairy Day, Aug. 9, Morris
First, the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center is hosting its free annual Organic Dairy Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the WCROC, 46352 State Hwy 329, Morris. Presenters Brad Heins and Guy Jodarski will discuss integrating livestock and cover crops, as well as dairy cattle health. They will detail a project that grazed winter wheat and rye, and discuss the results. Lunch is included.
Soil Health Network Event: Dairy Tour, Aug. 10, Corcoran
The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture and Hennepin County Extension are co-hosting a free field day, “Three Crops in Two Years: Winter Rye after Corn Silage Managed as a Cover Crop and as a Forage,” from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Patnode Dairy Farm, 23301 County Rd 50, Corcoran.
Learn about successes and challenges of using cover crops for improved productivity, water holding capacity and keeping soil and nutrients where they belong – on your fields. Presenters include Glen Borgerding & James Schroepfer of Ag Resource Consulting; and farmers Daryl, Lori & Andrew Patnode. Lunch is included.
Soil Health Network Event: Field Day, Sept. 22, Pine City
Wright County Extension, NRCS and Pine County SWCD are co-hosting a free Soil Health & Grazing Field Day from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Pinederosa, 11131 Lakeview Heights Rd, Pine City.
Walk the Pinederosa pastures and learn about best practices through presentations on diagnosing pasture problems, rotational grazing, soil health programs, and use of a no-till drill.