Event to feature the importance of improving the health of soil
Natural Resources Conservation Service and Land and Water Conservation staff will use a rainfall simulator demonstration to help farmers understand the impacts of tillage and cover crops to the soils’ ability to infiltrate water. Degraded soil isn’t able to soak in as much rain as healthy soil. Healthy soil is also protected from rain drops, so soil particles can’t detach and erode as easily.
Lunch will begin around noon and there will be time for farmers to talk to each other. At 1PM, there will be a chance for farmers to discuss cover crops and get their questions answered. Cover crops are a popular way to help protect and “feed” the soil. Cover crop booklets will be available to interested farmers as guides to understanding all of the choices of species they have.
Preregistration is preferred to aid in planning for lunch. Contact Tonya Gratz with the Green County Land and Water Conservation Department at 608-325-4195 extension 121 or email Tonya.Gratz@wi.nacdnet.net to register or get more information. All area farmers and interested individuals are invited to attend and learn together. The field day and lunch are provided by the Farmers of the Sugar River, a producer- led watershed group funded by DATCP.