PRODUCER LED GROUP Mission: Improving our community’s soil and water through conservation practices and education.
Farmers host Healthy Soil-Healthy Water Cover Crop Showcase on September 19, 2018
The Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil-Healthy Water (HSHW), in collaboration with UW-Extension and the Dodge County Alliance, held a cover crop showcase demonstrating 13 different cover crop mixtures growing in a harvested wheat field adjacent to Lake Sinissippi. All totaled, approximately 62 people attended the morning and evening programs on September 19th, 2018. A soil pit, used by Dr. Jamie Patton, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Extension Nutrient and Pest Management (NPM) Northeast Regional Outreach Specialist, and others, dramatically illustrated the story of soil health via the soil beneath our feet. In addition, Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing released 3 Tip Sheets with methods for establishing cover crops that were written with the help of 3 local farmers.
Image 1. Brendon Blank explains uses for 13 different cover crop mixtures grown in a wheat field adjacent to Lake Sinissippi. Photo Credit: L. Ortiz-Ribbing
Image 2. Brendon Blank and Bill Stangel show root characteristics of cover crop mixtures grown in a wheat field adjacent to Lake Sinissippi. Photo Credit: L. Ortiz-Ribbing
Image 3. Dr. Jamie Patton discusses soil health while illustrating root growth of cover crop mixtures, earthworm channels, and soil texture. Photo Credit: B. Boettge