Cover Crop and Soil Health Evaluation Field Day on April 23 near Friesland

Learn more about cover crops and how they impact soil at “The Big Dig” — This event has been rescheduled from April 2

Contact: Mike Stanek, UW-Extension Crops & Soils Agent, 920-386-3793, mstanek@co.dodge.wi.us

University of Wisconsin-Extension Dodge County and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a cover crop soil evaluation field day Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. near Manchester/Friesland on Eisenga Farms Inc. cropland. “The Big Dig” is an educational in-field event for anyone wanting to learn more about cover crop selection, seeding techniques and their impact on soils. Registration is only $10, but you MUST register by April 16, 2013. Registration forms and maps are available at the UW-Extension Dodge County or NRCS offices and online at: http://dodge.uwex.edu.

Steve and Wesley Eisenga have experimented in recent years with cover crop planting of Austrian Peas, oilseed radishes, spring barley, and cereal rye in a rotation following winter wheat and canning crops. Soil pits will be present for viewing what’s happening below ground. Examples include one pit in a field that used cereal rye following snap beans and another pit will be in a portion of the field where oats followed snap beans. Speakers will also discuss aerial seeding options and cover crop selection using Midwest Cover Crop Decision Tool.

To get to the “The Big Dig”: head west from the intersection of HWY 73 and AW. Go west 1½ miles. The field lies on the NW corner of the intersection of County Line Road and East Friesland Road. Please park on the shoulder along County Line Road.

For more information about “The Big Dig” and other UW-Extension Dodge County programs, contact Mike Stanek, Crops and Soils Agent, at 920-386-3793 mstanek@co.dodge.wi.us or visit the Web site at http://dodge.uwex.edu. Extension people work in partnership with people in county, state, federal, and tribal governments; community organizations; volunteers; business; and industry. With a faculty in every county and on UW-campuses, Cooperative Extension gives Wisconsin citizens quick and convenient access to University research and knowledge.

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