Wednesday, September 8, 2010

NCR-SARE Cover Crop Field Day in MN

KILKENNY, Minn. (09/08/2010) – Rural Advantage, University of Minnesota Extension, and project cooperators invite you to attend a cover crop field day located in Le Sueur County on September 23, 2010, from 1:00pm-3:30pm. This event is being held as part of Practical Farmers of Iowa’s and Rural Advantage’s NCR-SARE cover crop grant project.

The first stop will start at 1:00pm with project cooperator Dick Stangler. Stangler will discuss his reasoning behind using cover crops after his summer small grain harvest. Attendees will be able to view plots of different cover crop species and mixes including: barley, field pea, clover, and more. Stangler’s NCR-SARE cover crop project acres are demonstrating different cover crop species and mixes.

At 2:30pm attendees will have arrived at the second stop with project cooperator Ron Pomije. Pomije, too, will discuss his reasoning behind using cover crops and share his cover crop experience. Attendees will be able to view two different fields of pearl millet. The millet will be harvested this fall for cattle forage. Pomije’s NCR-SARE cover crop project acres are demonstrating different nutrient management strategies [urea vs. manure] for a cover crop being grown for soil benefit as well as forage.

DIRECTIONS

First Stop ~ Cooperator Dick Stangler - 45116 151st Avenue - Kilkenny, MN 56052

From Waterville: At the intersection of Hwy. 60 and Hwy. 13, turn Northwest onto Hwy. 13 and travel ¾ mile. Turn straight North onto 151st Ave. / Co. Rd. 3. Travel 5 miles North to Stangler farm on the west side of the road.

Second Stop ~ Cooperator Ron Pomije – Intersection of Lexington Rd. / Co. Rd. 26 and 201st Avenue – Le Center, MN 56057

From Montgomery: Travel west on Co.Rd. 26 / Lexington Rd. for approximately 4.5 miles. The field is at the intersection of Co. Rd. 26 and 201st Avenue. 201st Avenue is on the North side of Co. Rd. 26 after the s-curve and before Clear Lake. Parking will be along 201st Avenue.

For more information on this SARE project, visit the SARE project website at: http://www.sare.org/MySARE/ProjectReport.aspx?do=viewProj&pn=LNC09-313

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