VAN WERT — The Van Wert Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting a Cover Crop Field Day on Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. - noon. The site of the field day is located at 12282 Harrison-Willshire Road, Van Wert, OH 45891. Complimentary doughnuts and coffee will be served from 8 - 8:30 a.m., as well as a complimentary pulled pork lunch provided by Gibson’s Barnyard Barbeque, sponsored by Fennig Equipment.

Anyone interested in learning about the benefits of implementing a cover crop program on their farm is invited. The presenters for this field day include Cameron Mills, a veteran no-till farmer from Walton, Indiana. Mills, operates a roughly 3,500 acre operation in Cass County, Indiana, and speaks at numerous informational events and webinars about the benefits and details of continuous no-till/cover crop farming. He will be speaking about the basics of beginning a cover crop operation, with a specific focus on the benefits of inter-seeding.

Following Mills’ presentation will be an open pit soil health presentation by Frank Gibbs, a retired Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Scientist and founder of WSCS, LLC. Gibbs will be showing and explaining first-hand the compaction and soil damage that can result after decades of tillage. The event will conclude with specialized equipment presentations from Fennig Equipment (Coldwater, Ohio) and Kenn-Feld Group (Van Wert).

The Van Wert Soil & Water Conservation District would like to extend a special thank you to Kris Young for allowing them to host this event on his property and to Fennig Equipment for sponsoring the lunch.

Pre-register by July 31 to ensure a proper food count by emailing the Van Wert SWCD at seth.j.owens@oh.nacdnet.net or by phone at 419-238-9591 ext. 4261.