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The Rock Island SWCD is hosting two Cover Crop field days this spring. One plot is in the north part of Rock Island County and one is in a familiar spot in the southern part of Rock Island. Cover crops are being promoted to reduce soil erosion, improve soil health, help with compaction problems, and reduce the loss of nutrients from crop fields into area streams and lakes.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Bob DePauw’s farm in Coe Township
27004 – 122nd Ave. N. Port Byron, IL.
1 mile east of 256th St N on 122nd Ave N
See Location on Map

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Anderson-McCarthy Farm in Rural Township
West of the intersection of 176 Ave and 63rd St.
(½ mile east of Sherrard High School)
See location on map.

Both events will begin at 10 AM with refreshments / coffee followed by a brief program. Results of last fall’s seeding plots will be discussed. Cover Crop specialists will discuss cover crop seeding and species options. Also, farmers who have tried cover crops from 2013 will be on hand. A field tour of the fall seeding will follow a short program. Cost-share information and how to apply will also be discussed.

Reservations Requested. Call the Rock Island SWCD office at 309-764-1486, Ext. 3 by Monday, March 30th.