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Field Day to feature grazing, cover crops

Farms that are using grazing and cover crops to produce wildlife habitat, clean water and profits will be featured during a field day on Thursday, August 8 in the Glenwood area.

The tour will begin at 10 a.m. at the Dan and Linda Jenniges farm, 22887 County Road 10, Glenwood. The tour bus will return people to their vehicles by 2:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided. The tour is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged for the lunch count.

Besides the Jenniges operation, the Jess and Tammy Berge farm will also be featured. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production area where the Berges manage grassland with their grazing animals will be included in the tour.

Opportunities for farmers and public land managers to cooperate in management of healthy grasslands will also be featured during this field day.

Participants in the tour will see how these farmers are balancing profitable agricultural production with environmental protection. One tool they use is cover crops, which control erosion while building healthy soil and providing inexpensive livestock feed.

A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture survey found that farmers in the Upper Mississippi River Basin saw on average a 9.6 percent boost in their corn yields following cover crops.

In areas of persistent drought, cover crops produced on average an 11 percent increase in corn yields and a 14.3 percent increase in soybean yields, according to the survey.