On-farm conservation practices to build resilience: Notes from a virtual field day

Monica Jean, Educator with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE), shares details from the recent Cropping System Resilience Virtual Field Day, held July 2020. For the original article, see the MSUE website.

MSUE teamed up with The Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research (KBS LTER) program and farmers in the Central Southern region of Michigan to host a live Cropping System Resilience Virtual Field Day in July. The day included a farm tour and interactive questions from the audience. During the tour, topics discussed were relay cropping, interseeding covers, and no-till dry beans. For those who missed the live event, the field day has been broken up into four videos:

Video 1 discusses relay cropping with small grains and soybeans
Video 2 discusses planting cover crop mixtures including inter-seeded cover crops into corn
Video 3 highlights dry beans no-tilled planted into standing cover crop
Video 4 highlights practices currently being used as Hasenick Brothers Farm

Thank you to Tim Boring and Drew Hasenick for sharing the conservation practices on their farms. You can find Tim on Twitter @TimBoring. You can find Hasenick Farm on social media and YouTube by searching “Under Cover Michigan”. For future field days, follow @KBSLTER and @MSUcovercrops!