Soil Builders' Field Day: "Building Soil in a Time of Weather Extremes & Financial Pressure"

  • 18622 Dixie Drive, Rollingstone, MN 55969
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  • RSVP to Shona Snater, LSP, 507-523-3366, ssnater@landstewardshipproject.org

The Land Stewardship Project will host a Soil Builders' field day on Wed, July 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Rory, Richard and Sharon Beyer Farm, southwest of Rollingstone, Minn. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Fifth generation farmer Rory Beyer and his family milk cows and raise beef, crops, hay and pasture. Focused on soil health, Rory tests and monitors soil carbon levels, breaks weed cycles with cover crops, plants a cover crop cocktail to extend the grazing season and adapts the crop rotation for soil building.

There will be presenters with information for both conventional and organic farmers:

  • Justin Morris, USDA-NRCS Soil Health Specialist for Minnesota and Wisconsin: “Realizing the full potential of improved soil health.”
  • Jerry Scheppele of Full Sircle in Garavillo, IA will discuss the relationship between carbon and soil health, and how to use that relationship to increase fertility and yield.
  • Field tour of organic corn following pasture: Hands-on, soil health check-in: water infiltration, soil structure and water holding capacity.

Directions

The farm is located at 18622 Dixie Dr., Rollingstone, MN. That is ½ mile east of the intersection of Winona County 27 and Dixie Drive (2.5 miles SE of Altura, 5 miles SW of Rollingstone and 7 miles NW of Lewiston).

There will be BBQ for lunch. Please RSVP by Monday, July 24. To RSVP, call LSP's Shona Snater at 507-523-3366 or e-mail her.