LEWISTON, Minn. — Three southeastern Minnesota field days that feature farmers discussing how they interseed multi-species cover crop mixes into standing corn will be held Aug. 26-28. There is no charge to attend these Land Stewardship Project (LSP) events. For more information and to reserve a spot, call the LSP office in Lewiston at 507-523-3366. These events are scheduled for:
- Monday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m., Ridgeway, Minn.: Mike Steinfeldt and Luke Bergler farms, 36884 Cedar Ridge Dr., Winona
- Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m., Byron, Minn.: Martin Larsen farm, 8331 County Road 117, SW, Byron
- Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m., Preston, Minn. John, Bernie, and Ben Snyder farm, 14850 231st Ave., Preston
Inter-seeding multi-species cover crops into early standing corn has considerable soil health potential. It provides immediate ground cover after harvest, which is then available for grazing in late fall, building soil and nutrients until the following spring (and future years).
These 90-minute mini-field days will be an opportunity for farmers to discuss what cover crops to plant, when to plant, what the covers look like after the corn canopies, chemical considerations with cover crops, and some of the homemade equipment used to do the interseeding.