Batavia, OH – Local farmers are invited to attend a Farm Field Day event scheduled for Wednesday, December 11, 2013. The purpose of the event is to provide an informational outlet for farmers and local professionals to discuss nutrient management and best management practices (BMPs), such as winter cover crops, and how these practices can help improve yield and environmental quality. The Farm Field Day will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon at a local farm located at 3736 Lucas Road, in Goshen Township.
“These annual field day events provide a good opportunity for local farmers to meet, learn and share information about the practices that help soil quality and crop production,” stated Greg Nause, a local producer and host of the Farm Field Day this year. “We’re excited to host this event at our farm and discuss how nutrient management will fit into our production,” added Mr. Nause. Soil experts will be on hand to present information on the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Principles, which include choosing the Right nutrient source to apply at the Right rate in the Right place at the Right time. A panel of local farmers will also share their experiences planting winter cover crops and discuss different management strategies that work well for the region.
Local agricultural agencies, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and Ohio State University Extension (OSU Ext.), encourage farmers to adopt the 4R Principles and BMPs as a means to increase crop production and improve profitability. These practices also help to minimize nutrient loss from fields and maintain soil fertility, while ensuring sustainable agriculture for future generations.
Those interested in attending must register and prepay a $10 fee. The first 30 paid participants will receive a free soil quality test kit (valued at $30). Light breakfast refreshments will be served. Participants can register online at: http://clermontswcd.org/event.aspx and mail or drop off the registration fee at the Clermont SWCD office, P.O. Box 549, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, Ohio 45160.
Pictured above: Local farmers/landowners participating in a cover crop field day earlier this year.