The University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) will hold its annual Organic Field Day on Wednesday, July 10, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The field day includes a trade show, field tour of organic research projects, and presentations on organic farming. The featured presentations and speakers are:
- Growing Organic Soybeans: Successes and Challenges — Carmen Fernholz, Organic farmer/owner of A-Frame Farm in Madison, Minn.
- Kernza: A new perennial grain crop for organic transition and forage production — Mitch Hunter and Manbir Rakkar, University of Minnesota post-doctoral associates
- Integrating cover crops for soil health and grazing — Kathleen Delate, Extension Organic Specialist at Iowa State University
- Soil health in Minnesota — Anna Cates, State Soil Health Specialist with the Minnesota Office for Soil Health
On Wednesday, July 10, Organic Field Day registration and the trade show are from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The plot tour will begin at 9:45 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:45 a.m., and speaker presentations at 12:45 p.m. Registration costs $25 and includes refreshments, lunch, and handouts. Pre-register online at http://swroc.cfans.umn.edu/ofd2019 or by calling 507-752-7372. Please pre-register by Friday, July 5 to help us better accommodate for lunch. In the event of inclement weather, please check the SWROC website for weather-related announcements.