Fall Cover Crop Field Day at KBS

Date: November 3, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Contact: Brook Wilke, wilkebro@msu.edu, 269-671-2509

Join a group of MSU faculty and specialists, farmers and agricultural professionals for a tour of cover crop research and demonstration fields at the W.K. Kellogg Farm, 10461 North 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI 49060. A wide variety of cover crop entry points are being showcased, including inter-seeded into corn, after wheat, after corn silage, and in rotational pasture systems. Cover crops will be evaluated for both soil health benefits, as well as for livestock feed.

The programs will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Nov. 3, 2017. Registration includes the cost of lunch, refreshments and the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide. 

Field day topics covered include:  

Morning, in Farming Systems Center Vicinity (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Wagon tour of projects related to cover cropping in grain and vegetable systems, including the following specific projects listed below. Experts will be available at each stop to talk about each particular project.

  • Interseeded Cover Crops in Grain Corn
  • Cover Crop Mixtures after wheat across a topographical gradient
  • Cereal Rye and Hairy Vetch cover crops prior to organic vegetable crops
  • Intermediate wheatgrass (Kernza) as a grain and forage crop
  • Red clover frost seeded into wheat
  • Cover crop species demonstration plot
  • Oilseed radish variety evaluation
  • Winter cereal forages following corn silage
  • Winter Barley trials

12 – 1 p.m. Pizza Lunch at the Kellogg Farm Conference Room

1 – 2 p.m.
 Walking tour of annual forage crops being grown to complement a rotational grazing system based on perennial forages, including:

  • Annual forage crops for summer and late fall grazing
  • Interseeded Cover Crops in Silage Corn

2 – 3 p.m. Optional continued discussion about utilizing cover crops as forages in livestock systems.

This event is free thanks to Byron Seeds, our generous sponsor.


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