Cover Crop and Drainage Water Management Field Day
Van Wert SWCD and OSU Extension Van Wert are cosponsoring a cover crop and water management field day. The field day will be held at two separate locations during two sessions on April 7.
The first session will run 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Ron Kill’s field approximately 0.25 mile south of the intersection of US 224 and Convoy Heller Road on the west side of Convoy Heller Road, just south of the power substation (park on the west side of the road). This session will be outdoors so plan to dress accordingly for the weather. Jim Hoorman, OSU Extension Mercer County will be discussing cereal rye, oats, cowpeas and oilseed radish. Ken Kottenbrock, Van Wert SWCD is scheduled to discuss cover crop incentive programs through EQIP. Pond Seed Company will be present to show seed size of various cover crops and discuss seed pricing. Ron Kill will be available to discuss his experiences with cover crops. A soil pit will be available to examine the impact of cover crops on soil quality and structure.
The second session will run 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 2498 John Brown Road (pull into the barnyard on west side of road). This session will be partially outdoors, so dress accordingly for the weather. Norman Fausey, NRCS Supervisory Soil Scientist will be discussing the value and benefits of installing a water control structure and how that impacts field water management. Ken Kottenbrock, Van Wert SWCD will discuss incentives available for drainage control structures, and Ron Schumm will be available to discuss his experiences with his water control structure.
This is a BYOC (bring your own coffee) event and lunch will be on your own. Preregistration is not required. Questions on this field day can be directed to Andy Kleinschmidt, OSU Extension at 419-203-5967 or Ken Kottenbrock, Van Wert SWCD at 419-238-9591.