Soil health field day set
SUBLETTE – A field day highlighting soil health through the use of conservation tillage practices and cover crops is planned at the Althaus Brothers farm in Sublette Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to explore properties of healthy soil with a Natural Resources Conservation Services soil scientist, view plots and soil pits comparing conventional tillage and strip tillage, and to learn about cover cropping basics.
“Though they have been grown for generations, cover crops are among today’s exciting frontiers in conservation,” said Aaron Seim, a district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). “Cover crops are employed for a wide variety of uses, such as covering, protecting, or building the soil. Investing money, time and management in both cover crops and conservation tillage is a bold, but often highly productive, strategy for a farming system that is healthy over the long term – both economically and ecologically.”
Attendance is free, but attendees are asked to register by calling or emailing the Lee County Farm Bureau Office at 815-857-3531 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure enough food is available for everyone. Attendees are to meet in the field north of the house at the Althaus Brothers’ farm located at 154 LaMoille Road, Sublette. Lunch will be provided at noon.
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