By Kay Shipman
Published on: Aug 9, 2017
August conservation field days and demonstrations abound with information and on-farm conservation practices. Check Conservation Calendar and find one nearby or worth a longer drive.
Aug. 16, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ford-Iroquois cover crop field day, Tom Roselius and Mark Redeker farms, 1422 E 1400 North Road, Onarga. Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau offering confidential water testing. Topics include nitrogen loss reductions and Haney Soil Test. Cover crop application demonstrations at 12:30 p.m. Call the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) at 815-432-3946, extension 3.
Aug. 22, 8:30 a.m.
Mercer County Farm Bureau bioreactor field day, Jeff Kirwan farm, New Windsor. University of Illinois Professor Laura Christianson to speak. Organized by Mercer County Farm Bureau with support from Mercer County SWCD and U of I Extension. Register by Aug. 18 by calling the county Farm Bureau at 309-582-5116.
Aug. 22, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Bureau County Nutrient Stewardship summer field day, Todd Wright family farm, Tiskilwa. Cover crop plots and demonstration soil pit with strip-till field demonstration, weather permitting. Presentations by Dan Towery of Ag Conservation Solutions; Michael Ruffatti of Illinois State University; Erika Luft of the Natural Resources Conservation Service; and local farmers Alan Madison and Gregg Pearson on the nitrate monitoring project. Register by calling 815-875-6468.
Illinois Farm Bureau nutrient display and Four R For You partnership with GROWMARK, IFB tent, Farm Progress Show, Decatur. In Conservation Partners tent, conservation displays, daily presentations and soil pit demonstration.