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Cover Crops
Cover Crops and Soil Health
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A field of blooming sunflowers in mid-October on our cover crops plots Cover crops not only build soil health, but also protect water quality by keeping soil in place and preventing erosion.
Spring Field Day---- Tuesday, March 28th
                                 Kouts American Legion--Morning Classroom/Lunch
                                 Pinney Clark Farm--Afternoon field visit follow-up on cover crops planted
                                                                 in summer 2016

Cover crop seeding was begun on August 8, 2016 on more than 70 acres at the Pinney Clark Farm, south of Kouts. A high clearance seeder finished seeding on August 23rd. Several different mixes were chosen to offer a good comparison including buckwheat, hairy vetch, red clover, forage turnips, radish, rye and sunflower for our November 1st field day. We were fortunate to have 70 degree weather and hundreds of blooming sunflowers, which spotlighted the beauty of cover crops, in addition to their practical merits.

We appreciate the support of the Pinney Clark Family, Larry Smith, Halderman Farm Management and Real Estate, NVest- CISCO Seeds, ProHarvest Seeds, 1st Source Bank, Beck's Hybrids, Farm Credit-Mid America, the First National Bank of Monterey, Wille, Stiener & Brust & Airscout & Wheatfield Grain Holding Company-Dave Bykerk