What impacts can we expect on soil health and productivity with cover crops, reduced tillage and/or a more diversified cropping system? Should I adjust my weed or nutrient management program when interseeding cover crops into corn or soybean? How can I best fit cover crops and/or reduced tillage into my operation? Learn about these questions and more from researchers, farmers, and educators working with cover crops and soil health by attending the “Cover Crop and Soil Health Learning Tour” on Friday, September 8th at the Bruce and Mary Brunk farm, 23068, 220th Street, by Rushmore.

Registration and check-in will start at 8:30, and the program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is requested at http://z.umn.edu/cover-crops-tour by September 1st. A registration fee will be collected at the door to help cover program costs, including lunch. The tour will include demonstrations, hands-on activities, research updates, a farmer panel, and equipment demonstrations. A more detailed agenda is available at http://z.umn.edu/cover-crops-tour.

The site is located 2.5 miles north of I-90 (exit 33), at the intersection of Co Rd 13 and 220th Street. This program is supported in part by a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service and funding from MN North Central Region-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Please contact Liz Stahl at 507-372-3900 Ext 3912 or stah0012@umn.edu if you have any questions.