WORTHINGTON — While cover crops have the potential to provide many benefits, they are planted on a limited number of acres in Minnesota each year.
The program “Cover Crops: Setting up for Success” will be presented from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton. It will highlight University of Minnesota research that provides management tips and considerations to help farmers and ag professionals successfully incorporate cover crops into Minnesota cropping systems. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Attendees will learn about the latest U of M cover crop research results and management considerations, evaluate the impact of cover crops in soil pits and see a variety of key cover crops growing in the field.
Topics to be covered include matching cover crops to goals, cover crops and fertilizer needs, insect pests, soil structure, weed management trade-offs with cover crops and cover crop economics.
The program is for farmers, with or without cover crop experience, and for anyone who works with farmers and would like to learn more about cover crops.
The registration fee includes lunch, refreshments and handouts. Pre-registration is requested by Aug. 13 at https://z.umn.edu/cover-crops-success or by calling (507) 752-7372. The first 40 paid registrants will receive a free copy of the “Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide” 2nd Edition.