CHARLOTTE — The Eaton Conservation District, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), invites you to “Making Dollars and Sense,” a field day dedicated to showcasing the value of cover crops and healthy soils.
The event is held 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Orr Farms in Charlotte.
After the weather extremes experienced the last few years, it is important to protect your greatest asset: the soil. This field day aims to show how cover crops and other soil health practices can be beneficial for both your wallet and your crop production.
This event will highlight strategies that farmers have implemented to integrate cover crops into their cropping rotations with the goal of improving soil health and achieving production consistency. The field day will also showcase various methods and equipment used to get cover crops in the ground during Michigan’s unpredictable growing season.
A cover crop planting demonstration will be performed using a highboy air seeder to interseed into standing corn. You’ll also hear from industry professionals on topics such as weather trends and patterns, soil health, cover crop tools and selection, herbicide considerations and precision planting, and tools and technology. Following this, area producers who’ve utilized cover crops in their own cropping systems will answer your questions during a producer panel.
This is a free event, with dinner being provided by Swede’s Restaurant and Catering.
For any questions or to reserve your spot, call the Eaton Conservation District by Aug. 20 at (517) 543-1512 ext. 5. This is a MAEAP Phase I event, and 5 RUP Credits are available in both Private/Commercial Core and Category 1A. For more information, visit www.eatoncd.org.