The Door-Kewaunee Watershed Demonstration Farms Network’s Spring Field Day has been postponed a week because, well, organizers weren’t sure the weather would provide enough “spring” for an effective field day by the original date, Tuesday April 24.
The field day at Heim’s Hillcrest Dairy, N6935 Southview Lane, Casco, has been rescheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 1.
According to the announcement for the event, the program will begin with applying three different rates of manure on a strip of ground that was corn the previous year and another strip that was alfalfa the previous year. Soil pits will be dug where the manure was applied to each crop.
Jamie Patton with the University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management program will be talking about what each application rate looks like in our soil and what it is doing to soil biology.
An open discussion on setbacks will follow, and the morning will conclude with field demonstrations and discussions about spring manure applications
The field day will conclude with lunch, courtesy of CP Feeds and Investors Community Bank.
Farmers interested in attending can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 920-810-4344.
The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection established the Door-Kewaunee Watershed Demonstration Farms Network to test how well specific conservation practice systems reduce erosion and sedimentation, control phosphorus runoff, increase organic matter, and improve soil health in these conditions. Other partners are the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the farmer cooperative Peninsula Pride Farms.