Cover Crops Field Day with Tom Cotter

  • 50203 205th St., Austin, MN 55912
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  • RSVP to Sarah Fillius, LSP, 507-523-3366 or Toby Cain, Iowa Organic Association, 563-447-0462

Join Tom Cotter, the Iowa Organic Association, and the Land Stewardship Project for this field day focused on cover crops, interseeding, grazing cover crop mixes, roller crimping, and organic transition.

Tom’s family has been farming in Mower County, Minnesota for 140 years and they have worked with cover crops for the past 19 years. In 2016 Tom and his late father, Michael, were given the Outstanding Conservationists Award by the Mower County Soil & Water Conservation District. In 2017 Tom was honored as a National Wildlife Federation Cover Crop Champion.

The Cotter Farm is diverse, with fields of conventional corn and soybeans as well as some land being transitioned to organic. They have beef cattle, sweet corn, cover crops, grazing of cover crops, and experimental projects like inter-seeded corn, roller-crimped rye, and warm season cover crops. This event will showcase the innovative work that Tom and his family have done to build soil and protect water quality on their farm. Both conventional and organic farmers are invited to learn from the Cotter Family Farm!

This event will be held rain or shine.