Soil Health Field Days July 20 & 27 in Byron & Spring Valley

LEWISTON, Minn. —A pair of July soil health field days in southeastern Minnesota will cover everything from drought resiliency and equipment selection to no-till, integrating livestock and utilizing solar systems. On July 20, the Martin Larsen farm near Byron will feature an equipment demonstration, along with a discussion on how building soil health can help deal with drought. On July 27, the Chris Gunderson farm near Spring Valley will showcase conservation tillage, livestock’s impact on soil health, and solar energy. Both Land Stewardship Project (LSP) events will include lunch and run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and to reserve a spot for either of these free field days, see or contact Maura Curry (651-249-6308, or Barb Sogn-Frank (, 612-400-6357).

DIRECTIONS: The Larsen farm (8331 County Road 117 SW, Byron, MN 55920) is southeast of Byron and Highway 14. The Gunderson farm (15818 304th Street, Spring Valley, MN 55975) is northeast of Spring Valley and Highway 63. Both events will be marked with LSP signs.

Martin Larsen is a fifth-generation farmer using no-till and cover cropping practices to grow conventional corn, soybeans, oats and rye. Larsen also works for the Olmsted County Soil and Water Conservation District, where he has done research on cover crops and nitrate reduction in local waterways. As president of the Minnesota Caving Club, he has done extensive research on karst geology and water systems.

Gunderson is a fourth-generation farmer using strip-till and no-till cropping practices to grow conventional corn and soybeans on 1,600 acres. He grazes cattle, and manages corn, soybeans, hay and Conservation Reserve Program land. He has adopted numerous soil health practices to save labor and time, and to help control erosion and build healthier soil that manages water better.

These field days are part of a series being put on by the Lewiston office of the Land Stewardship Project. For information on LSP’s Soil Builders’ Network, see


CONTACT: Maura Curry, LSP, 651-249-6308 or; Barb Sogn-Frank, LSP,, 612-400-6357.