Rock Island County SWCD is hosting Cover Crop field says March 31 and April 1

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Island County SWCD is hosting two Cover Crop field days on March 31st and April 1st, 2015.  One plot is in the north part of Rock Island County and one is in a familiar spot in the southern part of Rock Island.  Cover crops are being promoted to reduce soil erosion, improve soil health, help with compaction problems, and reduce the loss of nutrients from crop fields into area streams and lakes.

Both events will begin at 10 AM with refreshments / coffee followed by a brief program.  The first field day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, at Bob DePauw’s farm in Coe Township at 27004 122nd Ave N, Port Byron, IL 61275 (1 mile east of 256th St N on 122nd Ave N). The second field day will be held Wednesday, April 1, at McMarthy-Anderson Farm in Rural Township West of the intersection of 176th Ave and 63rd St (1/2 mile east of Sherrard High School).

Results of last fall’s seeding plots will be discussed.  Cover Crop specialists will discuss cover crop seeding and species options.  Also, farmers who have tried cover crops will be present.  A field tour of the fall seeding will follow a short program.  Cost-share information and how to apply will also be discussed. 

Reservations Requested—Call the Rock Island SWCD office at 309-764-1486, Ext. 3 by Monday, March 30th.