On-farm conservation practices to build resilience

Recoded virtual field day discusses relay cropping, interseeding covers and no-till dry beans planted into cover crops.

Dry beans in field
Photo by Tim Boring, Michigan farmer

Michigan State University Extension teamed up with the Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research (KBS LTER) program and farmers in the central southern region of Michigan to host a live Cropping System Resilience Virtual Field in July of 2020. The day included a farm tour and interactive questions from the audience. During the tour, topics discussed were relay cropping, interseeding covers and no-till dry beans. For those who missed the live event, the field day has been broken up into four videos:

  • Video 1 discusses relay cropping with small grains and soybeans.
  • Video 2 talk about planting cover crop mixtures including inter-seeded cover crops into corn.
  • Video 3 features no-tilled dry beans planted into standing cover crop.
  • Video 4 highlights practices currently being used as Hasenick Brothers Farm.

Thank you to Tim Boring and Drew Hasenick for sharing the conservation practices on their farms. You can find Boring on Twitter @TimBoring. You can find Hasenick Farm on social media and YouTube by searching "Under Cover Michigan.”

For future field days, follow @KBSLTER and @MSUcovercrops on Twitter.

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