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Cover Crops Tour (8/03/17)

A daylong educational program has been set for Tuesday August 15th, starting with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge (9953 141 Avenue SE), in Havana, ND.

Cover Crops Tour

Incorporating Cover Crops, Perennials and Oilseed Cash Crops

A daylong educational program has been set for Tuesday August 15th, starting with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge (9953 141 Avenue SE), in Havana, ND. The event will include educational sessions at the lodge about alfalfa-corn intercropping, camelina and pennycress as cash cover crops, and how to include cover crops into the rotation. Participants will also visit the field research and demonstration plots on the nearby farm. Stops include cover crops interseeded into soybean and corn and a fertility study, researching the effects of cover crops on soil health.

The event is part of the outreach effort associated with the USDA/NIFA grant “A novel management approach to increase productivity, resilience and long-term sustainability in cropping systems in the Midwest”. Additional Information on the project can be found at CropSys-Cap. Use of cover crops is common in the Corn Belt, but incorporating cover crops such as camelina and rye in corn and soybean in North Dakota is still a new concept and needs research. Participating in this field day Interacting with other participants is also a great way to gain insights in improved soil health practices.

The event will start at 9:15 a.m. and will finish at 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided, however signup is required. Registration will be capped at 150 participants.

You can find the agenda and the registration link on the NDSU Soil Health Webpage. https://www.ndsu.edu/soilhealth/, register as soon as possible.

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Hans Kandel

Extension Agronomist Broadleaf Crops

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