The importance of planting cover crops will be the topic of a Field Day scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Nathan Brown farm, located at 6110 Panhandle Road.
The Highland County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Highland County Farm Bureau have partnered to hold the event that will include a free lunch.
Reservations are due by Aug. 14 and can be made by visiting www.highlandswcd.com/events.html or calling the Highland SWCD office at 937-393-1922 ext. 3 to register.
Everything will take place at the Brown farm. Those wanting to take part should show up and park there.
“There will be cover crops planted on one side of the driveway and on the other side we will be giving demonstrations on the different ways to plant seeds,” said Pam Bushelman, Highland SWCD district operations manager.
Information will be provided on fertilizer recommendations, the importance of improving soil health and a tour of a cover crop plot. Various events will be held throughout the day such as in-field and an aerial seeding demonstrations. The Field Day will offer an on-site opportunity for landowners to carefully consider all cover crop options that can be implemented to advance their farming operation while capturing nutrients for a long-term investment, Bushelman said.
It will also offer CCA credits for certified crop advisors and has a line-up of cover crop door prize donations.
The event is open to anyone as long as they register by Aug. 14.
“Nathan is very passionate about soil health and taking care of the ground,” Bushelman said. “He came to us wanting to put this event together.”
Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522.