Incorporating cover crops into your operation

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Cover crops and soil health have emerged as 'buzz words' in the agriculture community in recent times.

Brian Briski of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service will share farmer experiences using rye, clovers, radishes, turnips and other crops in various cropping systems across Wisconsin and the Midwest during a cover crops workshop at four locations on Feb. 18 and 19.

Briski will discuss practical options in selecting, planting, and managing cover crops in our northern region. This workshop will provide attendees with the tools and information to decide how cover crops can fit into a grain crop, hay or pasture, and market garden systems. Soil health principles will be discussed and illustrated through hands on demonstrations.

The sessions, sponsored by UW-Extension and NRCS, last about two hours, and are part of the 31st annual Northern Safari of Agriculture Specialists. They are free of charge and will take place in four locations across northwest Wisconsin. Call the UW-Extension numbers below for more information.

· Feb 18, 2 p.m., Bayfield Courthouse, Washburn — Matt Cogger 715-373-6104 ext. 246.

· Feb 18, 7:30 p.m., Maple Town Hall, Maple — Jane Anklam 715-395-1515.

· Feb 19, 10 a.m., Spooner Ag. Research Station, Spooner — Otto Wiegand 715-635-3506.

· Feb 19, 1:30 p.m., Polk County Government Center, Balsam Lake — Don Dipprey 715-485-8600.