Soil health and cover crops workshop offered

Wisconsin State Farmer
A radish cover crop interseeded between corn rows

SHELL LAKE - A field workshop focusing on soil health and the role of cover crops for improved crop performance will be held on April 7 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Steve Dahlstrom Farm in rural Shell Lake.

Farmers, farm property owners and anyone interested in learning more about how farmers are building soil heath through conservation cropping systems is encourage to attend. There is no charge and the event is open to the public.

Featured speakers will be Brian Briski and Justin Morris, field staff with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. Both will lead hand-on demonstrations showing how reduced or minimum tillage, cover crops and crop rotations can improve soil health and productivity.

Field walks will include open discussions on winter rye following soybean and peas, and oats and radish following winter rye.

All activities will either be outside or in an open shed, so dress for the weather. The Dahlstrom Farm is located at 23875 Poquette Lake Rd., a half mile north of County B. For further information, call UW-Extension Ag Agent Kevin Schoessow at 715-635-3506, or Burnett county Conservationist Randy Gilbertson at 715-520-2112.