A cover crop and soil health seminar/field day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 at the Marine Lions Club and the Marine FS facility. The event is meant to teach about the benefits of using cover crops and no-till application for soil health.
Speakers will be discussing increasing organic matter on cropland, establishing and managing cover crops and ways to incorporate no-til systems and cover crops into existing cropping systems.
Twelve cover crop species were planted for demonstration at the FS facility in Marine in August. The plots are located just east of the FS office building, along Illinois Route 143. Those who attend the field day can get a hands-on look at various cover crop applications and their benefits.
Also, M&M Services speakers will be discussing the individual cover crop species and their proper management:
▪ Woody Woodruff, a farmer and Illinois Stewardship Alliance, will be discussing cropland restoration;
▪ Mike Plumer, a farmer and cover crop adviser, will discuss how to establish and manage cover crops; and
▪ Dick Lyons, a farmer and member of the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, will present ways to incorporate cover crops and no-till into your cropping system.
This free event is sponsored by M&M Services, the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and Madison County Planning and Development. Free lunch will be provided by the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices.
For more information, call the SWCD at (618) 656-7300 or M&M Services at (618) 781-5875.
Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Marine Lions Club and Marine FS Facility on East Division St. in Marine