BYRON, Minn. — Martin Larsen will host a virtual field day in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa and Land Stewardship Project exploring no-till oat and rye production on Wednesday, June 24, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
The event is free to attend and will take place on Facebook Live. To join in, visit practicalfarmers.org/field-days and click the link found on the page for this event.
You do not need to have a Facebook account to participate – but those without an account will not be able to comment or ask questions. The field day is sponsored by Bio Till.
Martin is a fifth-generation farmer using no-till and cover cropping practices to grow conventional corn, soybeans, oats and rye near Byron, Minnesota. It was his cover crop that got him into growing rye for his own cover crop seed. He then decided to further diversify his farm with an oat crop.
During the field day, Martin will showcase both rye and oats in the field. He will also share lessons he’s learned about producing both crops, from no-till planting in soybean residue to harvesting and cleaning the product.
Topics covered will include:
- growing oats and rye
- cover crop seed production
- no-till and extended rotations
- small-grain cost-share opportunities
Martin also works for the Olmsted County Soil and Water Conservation District, where he has done research on cover crops and nitrate reduction in local waterways, and he serves as president of the Minnesota Caving Club.
This event is part of Practical Farmers’ 2020 field day season, which includes more than 60 virtual events hosted by farmers located across the state, and beyond, on topics spanning the agricultural spectrum.
New this year, we have planned several event series that will let participants check in with certain farmer hosts throughout the season to learn about different facets of farm management. All of these events are free and offered a la carte: guests are welcome to attend all events in the series or pick the ones they’re most interested in.
Practical Farmers’ 2020 field days are supported by sustaining sponsors Albert Lea Seed; Barn2Door, Inc.; Grain Millers Inc.; Iowa Sustainable Ag Research and Education; Niman Ranch; Scoular; Sunderman Farm Management Co.; Trees Forever; USDA-NRCS; and Welter Seed and Honey Company, as well as several major sponsors, including: Bio Till; Center for Rural Affairs; Conservation Districts of Iowa; Farm Power Implements; Gandy Company; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health; KWS Cereals; La Crosse Seed; Man@Machine; Organic Valley – CROPP Cooperative – Organic Prairie; Pipeline Foods; and Prairie Creek Seed.
— Practical Farmers of Iowa
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