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Soil health field day set

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:10 p.m. CDT

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 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. 

“We are excited to be part of this farmland conservation field day in the upper reach of the Big Bureau Creek Watershed,” said Stacy James of Prairie Rivers Network.  “Cover crops and reduced tillage are among the best practices to improve soil health while increasing farm productivity if done right. This field day will put interested farmers in touch with experts who have valuable insight.” 

This field day is sponsored by the Lee and Bureau County offices of the NRCS, Lee County Farm Bureau, Prairie Rivers Network, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and Friends of Big Bureau Creek Watershed.

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