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Cover crop field day planned for April 13
Have you ever wondered what a worms-eye view looks like? You can find out during the Green County Spring Cover Crop Field Day April 13. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - The Green County Spring Cover Crop Field Day will be held April 13 in two locations at different times.

Visitors will have the chance to go into a soil pit to discover just how far cover crop roots have grown, which critters are making their home in the soil and how the soil structure influences how much rain the soil can soak up.

The first session will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Jim, Jeff and Jaimie McNeely's farm at W425 Elmer Road, located south of Brooklyn, just west of Wisconsin 104.

The second session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dennis Miller's farm located west of Brodhead at W1176 Wisconsin 11 and 81 (across from the Brodhead Veterinary Clinic).

Both sites had planted a variety of cover crops into winter wheat stubble last August.

Francisco Arriaga, assistant professor from the UW-Madison Department of Soil Science and Brian Hillers, an area resource conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will be describing what participants are seeing on and in the soil. There will also be a chance to check out how the cover crops did over the winter - either killed or still green and growing.

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Tonya Gratz at the Green County Land and Water Conservation Department at 608-325-4195, ext. 121.