Attend the Cover Crop and Crop Innovation Field Day at Kellogg Biological Station

Join MSU Extension educators and researchers on Sept. 27, 2019, for soil health, innovation and farm profitability demonstrations.

Attendees at a field day
Attendees will learn about precision cover cropping and minimum till organic systems. Photo by Brook Wilke, MSU.

Improving your soil health while maintaining or improving your profitability should be a goal on every farm. Cover crops, crop diversity and innovation are approaches that can be a crucial component to achieving these goals. The research and demonstration projects at the Michigan State University W.K. Kellogg Biological Station offer you the opportunity to see these approaches in the field and learn about them first-hand from researchers and educators.

Join MSU Extension educator Dean Baas and MSU Kellogg farm manager Brook Wilke as they host Extension educators, specialists, researchers, farmers and agricultural professionals for a field day of touring research sites, discussing projects and networking. Whether you’re interested in fitting cover crops into your rotation, selecting the right species, interseeding for better performance, using cover crops for forage, increasing diversity and productivity through alternative crops or double cropping and improved varieties, we will have something for you!

The Cover Crop and Crop Innovation Field Day will take place at the MSU W. K. Kellogg Biological Station, Farming Systems Center, 9702 North 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI 49060 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2019, with optional discussion/tours from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Download the event flier for more information.

Program schedule

8 – 8:30 a.m. – Registration

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Tour of projects. Experts will be available at each stop to talk about each particular project. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Cover crop interseeding in corn
  • Strip-till and cover crops with organic winter squash
  • Double crop soybeans after barley
  • Cover crop species demonstration and research
  • Alfalfa/grass mixtures
  • 30-inch versus 60-inch corn row production with cover crop interseeding
  • Organic transition with different cover crop mixtures
  • Organic soybean trials
  • Intermediate wheatgrass (a.k.a. Kernza)

12 – 1 p.m. – Networking lunch, sponsored by Cushman Creek Supply

1 – 2:30 p.m. – Optional discussion/tours:

  • Barley, cereal rye and organic oats variety trials
  • Soybean agronomy (planting date, seeding rate, seed treatment)
  • Prairie strips in row crop fields
  • Alfalfa/corn silage co-planting

Visit Fall Cover Crops Field Day at KBS to register and find additional details about the day.

Cover crop information and resources are available through MSU Extension’s Cover Crops page and the Midwest Cover Crops Council, or contact Dean Baas at baasdean@msu.edu. Information about activities and research at Kellogg Biological Station and the farm is available at the Kellogg Biological Station website or by contacting Misty Klotz at klotzmis@msu.edu or Brook Wilke at wilkebro@msu.edu.

This work is supported by the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program 2017-70006-27175 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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