BLOOMINGTON -- The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices plans to host a cover crop field day at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Sugar Grove Nature Center in McLean. The event is free and open to the public.
The council reports that attendees are invited to see the latest results of a project that involved flying on a mixture of oats, oilseed radish and turnips on 20 acres of standing soybeans in August.
Cover crop specialists Pete Fandel and Mike Plumer are scheduled to deliver presentations on the use and management of cover crops and how these crops can improve soil health, water quality and farm productivity. Bryon Kirwan, a state economist for the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, will also present on the economic considerations of cover crops.
The event is sponsored by the council, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Zea Mays Foundation. These projects are intended to educate both the general public and specific agricultural audiences on the benefits of using cover crops to improve soil and water quality and to improve crop yields. With production farmland and educational facilities in close proximity, the council reports that the Sugar Grove Nature Center provides an ideal location for the establishment of a cover crop demonstration site.
For more information about the field day, contact Caroline Wade at 309-2317440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.