Ever wondered how to reduce nitrogen inputs, prevent weed growth, hold soil in place, increase infiltration and slow the flow of water from leaving the landscape?
How about trying cover crops -- they can help do all these things. Cover crops are growing in popularity throughout Minnesota and much of the Midwest.
To learn more about them, we invite you to join the Cannon River Watershed Partnership and the University of Minnesota Extension to learn how cover crops are one of the most effective ways to improve soil health, reduce off-farm inputs and protect natural resources. Certified crop advisers will be eligible to receive one continuing education credit in soil water management by attending this meeting. Cover Crops 101: Free Workshop is Thursday, Feb. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 4-H Building of the Rice County Fairgrounds in Faribault.
The workshop will include an overview presentation on cover crops by Jill Sackett from Extension and Tom Coffman from the Natural Resource Conservation Service and a panel of local farmers who will share their experiences with cover crops. The workshop will also include a pizza supper and table conversations to talk about what's worked, what hasn't and what you might need to know to try cover crops.
Pre-registration is requested to allow for accurate meal count and handouts, but walk-ins will be accepted. To register contact Mike Donnelly, Rice County Extension Office, (507) 332-6109 or email@example.com. In case of inclement weather please call Rice County Extension Office.