KBS LTAR Cropping Systems Field Day 2023

September 15, 2023 10:00AM - 2:00PM

9693 N 40th St., Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Contact: Tayler Ulbrich

At the KBS Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) program, scientists and community partners are working together to evaluate how row crop systems can be both profitable and environmentally sustainable. To do this, we are comparing conventional corn/soy systems to an alternative cropping system – which includes a five-crop rotation, cover crops, no-till cultivation, livestock integration, precision farming, and conservation strips. This alternative system was envisioned by leaders in Michigan agriculture who identified “what Michigan row crop agriculture could look like in 30 years.” 

While only in year two, this LTAR experiment is uniquely valuable because it will ask these questions over decades and, thus, be able to identify both the short- and long-term trade-offs in economic and environmental benefits.  

Curious to learn more? On September 15th, KBS LTAR and MSU-Extension will co-host the first annual KBS LTAR Field Day, titled “Sustainable Cropping Systems for the Future.”   

This free event will feature a field tour of our aspirational cropping system (detailed in illustration below), research highlights, and conversations about precision farm management (variable rate nutrient applications, conservation strips) and how to fine-tune conservation practices (double-cropping, precision cover cropping, and more).

Visit the MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station LTAR website for more information. Register here


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