Cover crop day Sept. 4

Learn how cover crops can improve yields, reduce soil compaction and improve soil health all while fitting into a crop rotation. On Tuesday, September 4, the Darke and Miami Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offices will be hosting a cover crop field day at Batdorf Farms near Covington. A free meal will be provided for all attendees, but only the first 100 registrants will receive a free copy of the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide.  Registration opens at 4:45 p.m. with the speakers starting at 5:00 p.m.

Hans Kok, Coordinator of the Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, will talk about how you can improve soil health through the use of cover crops.  Representatives from Byron Seeds and Center Seeds will be on hand to talk about types of cover crop varieties and mixes, along with cover crops that can be used for forage by livestock farmers. Attendees are invited to tour the cover crop plot to see 20 varieties and mixes available for maximizing soil health.

Those interested in attending this field day must register by August 27th with the Miami SWCD at 937-335-7645 to receive a free meal. Batdorf Farms is located at 9291 N St. Rt. 48, Covington, Ohio 45318.

The Darke and Miami SWCD offices would like to thank their sponsors:  Batdorf Farms, Darke & Miami County Farm Bureaus, Crop Production Services in Bradford and Kirkwood, Harvestland-Covington Ag Center, Koverman-Dickerson Insurance, Apple Farm Services, Ebberts Seeds, Farm Credit Services, Center Seeds, Ohio CAT and the Lena Ag Center.

If you have any questions or to register for this meeting, please contact 937-335-7645.

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