Rye cover

A producer shows growth of a rye cover crop in May. It was planted after soybean harvest the fall before. 

While cover crops have the potential to provide many benefits, they are planted on a limited number of acres in Minnesota each year. University of Minnesota Extension experts hope to provide some insight with a field day “Cover Crops: Setting up for Success” Aug. 20 at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton.

The day will highlight UofM research that provides management tips and considerations to help farmers incorporate cover crops into Minnesota cropping systems. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and the program will run 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Attendees will also evaluate the impact of cover crops in soil pits and see a variety of key cover crops growing in the field. Topics and speakers include:

Matching your cover crop to your goals – Axel Garcia y Garcia

Can my cover crop supply my fertilizer needs – Paulo Pagliari

Cover crops and insect pests: The good the bad and the bugly – Bob Koch

What’s the dirt on soil structure – Jodi DeJong-Hughes

Weed management tradeoffs with cover crops – Liz Stahl

Penciling out cover crops – William (Bill) Lazarus

The $25 registration fee includes lunch, refreshments and handouts. Pre-registration is requested at least one week prior to the event at https://z.umn.edu/cover-crops-success or by calling 507-752-7372.

The first 40 paid registrants will receive a copy of the “Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide” second Edition.