Cover Crop Field Day
Time & Location
About The Event
Local farmer-led watershed councils, and the Northwest Graziers Network invite you to a jointly sponsored field day to be held on Saturday, August 24 beginning at 10:00AM. Hosts Logan and Amber Dwyer have a diversified crop and cattle operation on about 250 acres south of Rice Lake and about 5 miles west of Chetek. The Dwyers have been on their farm for only 3 years and enjoy trying new ideas with cover crops while improving soil health and maintaining profitability.
Come and learn about “relay cover crops” with soybeans and winter wheat, “cover crops interseeded” between 60-inch rows of corn and soybeans, corn planted with a 5-way mix of cover crops interseeded between the rows, and forage production for beef cows provided by a multi-species cover crop mix. Some of the cover crops grown in mixes include cereal rye, annual rye grass, Berseem clover, kale, turnip, buckwheat, vetch, field radish and several more. Soil heath measurements will be demonstrated and cover crop economics will be discussed along with answering any and all questions from field day participants.
The 75 head Angus-cross beef herd economically harvests the annual forage cover crops and are considered just another year in the Dwyer’s crop rotation. Come see the low-cost cattle handling facility, underground water lines, portable watering cart, and discuss their fencing system among other cattle topics.
Lunch will be provided following the field day by the Farmers of Barron Co Watersheds and the Shell Lake/Yellow River farmer-led watershed councils.
The event is free and open to the public, but participants must pre-register by Thursday Aug 22. To register contact Kim Grover, UW-Extension at 715-537-6256.
The farm is located at 1842 8th Avenue in Barron County. From Hwy 8, east of Barron, take Co. Hwy O south for about 5 miles and turn left[L1] onto 8th Avenue going east, continue less than a half mile until reaching their farmstead on the left. Watch for the signs and a big red shed.
For more information, contact Amber at 715-642-3833, Craig Hamernik , 715-418-0053 at Farmers of Barron Co or Lynn Johnson, 715-268-8778 at NWWG Network.