Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau

Rainfall simulator and cover crop strip trials used to study soil health 

In the seventh virtual field day, Greg Thoren discusses on-farm research and demonstration using a USDA-certified rainfall simulator and cover crop strip trials to study soil health. Partners from Illinois Farm Bureau, Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau, Stephenson Service Company, University of Wisconsin (UW)-Platteville, Jo Daviess Soil Health Coalition, Agnetic LLC and Soil Health Partnership all play a role in the research. Find more details in the booklet, then watch the field day coverage.

Certified Crop Advisors can receive self-reported Continuing Education Units (CEUs) after watching the videos for each of these virtual field days. For more information, and to find the self-reporting form, visit and click “Self-Report CEUs.”

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Table of Contents

00:16: Lauren Lurkins, Illinois Farm Bureau 
IFB nutrient stewardship efforts

8:14: Greg Thoren, host farmer, Jo Daviess County
Welcome and site background

25:41: Art Scheele, interpreter, Agnetic LLC
Value of cover crops

37:06: John Musser, certified crop advisor, Stephenson Service Company
Nitrogen research and plot details

47:34: University of Wisconsin-Platteville Research Team
Soil health and water quality data on demonstration plot

1:09:42: Zack Lieb, student, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Thoren farm economics

1:12:18: Abigail Peterson, field manager, Soil Health Partnership
Evaluating cover crops in 2019-2020

1:24:35: Jim Isermann, field manager, Soil Health Partnership
Soil health partnership efforts