Learn more about cover crops at Farm Field Day October 7

BATAVIA, Ohio (Sept. 17, 2014) — Area farmers are invited to attend a Farm Field Day Oct. 7 at the Nause Family Farm, 3736 Lucas Road, Wayne Township, to hear about local farmers’ experiences planting and managing winter cover crops. Local farmers, including Greg Nause, Brad Barber, Jeff Gunter, Richard Rosselot and Ernie Hatfield, will be on hand to talk about the benefits and challenges of using cover crops as a practice to improve soil health and reduce soil/nutrient runoff. Other topics will include nutrient management and the new state requirements for fertilizer application certifications.

“We’re happy to host the field day at our farm and provide an opportunity for local farmers to discuss the pros and cons of different conservation practices,” said Nause. The field day will include a tour of the Nause farm’s cover crop test plots that will showcase different cover crop mixes and application methods. A farmers’ panel will also be held, to give participants ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss management options with the experienced farmers.

The field day will run from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., with refreshments provided by the Clermont County Farm Bureau.

Those interested in attending the workshop should contact the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) at 513-732-7075, or register online at http://www.clermontswcd.org/events.aspx.  Other partners include Clermont OSU Extension, Clermont Office of Environmental Quality, Brown SWCD, USDA/Clermont-Brown Natural Resources Conservation Service.
For more information, contact John McManus, Administrator at SWCD, jmcmanus@clermontcountyohio.gov, 513-732-7075.