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 width=Area farmers are encouraged to turn out for a day of free information on the opportunities and benefits of cover crops.

The day starts at 10 am Thursday morning at Stoutenborough Farms, north of Maroa with a soil pit over five years for cover crop grazing. Also on the agenda between 10 and 11:30 am is presentations by Doug Gucker and Dan Towery. Gucker will speak on the economics of cover crops while Towery will present on dormant seeding. A question and answer session will conclude morning hours before transitioning to the next site.

Jeff Stock Farms, located at 7356 East Andrews Street in Dalton City will be the site for the next two hours, from noon until 2pm. There will be two soil pits on adjacent fields with three years of cover crops and different tillage practices. Gucker will present on management of cover crops and tillage practices, while Towery will conclude his lecture on dormant seeding. A question and answer time will conclude the day.

A free lunch will be provided between in between sessions.

Farmers seeking further information should contact the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District at 217-877-5670, EXT 3 or email laura@maconcountyswcd.com.

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