cover crop

Soil health specialist Dawn Madison (left) interviews local cover crop expert Tom Fick for an upcoming virtual cover crop field day series.
On Aug. 18 at 1 p.m., the U of M Extension will host a virtual Cover Crop Field Day, “Setting up for Success.”        Through this live webinar, researchers and educators will highlight U of M research that provides management tips and considerations to help farmers and ag professionals...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced a new pilot program that enables farmers in the Prairie Pothole region to receive payments for planting cover crops on their land for three to five years. The new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Soil Health and...
The Rock County Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor a Cover Crop “How To” event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Tom Fick’s farm at 1157 110th Avenue near Luverne. Engineering technician Michael Walgrave of the Rock County Land Management Office said he hopes to see good...
“If civilization is to avoid a long decline, like the one that has blighted North Africa or the Near East for 13 centuries, society must be born again out of an economy of exploitation into an economy of conservation.”  — W.C. Lowdermilk, former Assistant Chief of Soil Conservation Service and...
A small group of farmers gather in Pizza Ranch Feb. 28 to share cover crop ideas.
Cover crops improve soil health and boost farm profits; so why isn’t everyone doing it? Grant Breitkreutz taps the side of his head when he answers. “It’s a change in mindset,” he said. “We’ve been farming a certain way for four, five generations and we’ve been taught to do things a certain way.”...
Tom Fick is hosting the Sept. 5 Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day at his farm west of Luverne. The event will address the advantages of cover crops as they relate to soil health and clean water
To prevent erosion and boost soil health, many Rock County corn and soybean farmers are planting cover crops between growing seasons. The added bonus is higher yields and lower input costs, according to Luverne farmer Tom Fick. “It’s something anybody can do,” he said. “You just need to figure out...
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