Local farmers are invited to attend a Farm Field Day on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to discuss how nutrient management and best management practices (BMPs), including winter cover crops, can help improve farmers’ bottom line and the environment. The field day will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon at a local farm in Wayne Township (3736 Lucas Rd. Blanchester, Ohio 45107).
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 the 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 generations to come.
Those interested in attending should register and prepay a $10 fee that includes a free soil quality test kit (valued at $30). 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 (ph:513-732-7075).