Members of the agriculture community are invited to attend a Soil Health Field Day on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, which will begin at 2:00 pm at the Oconomowoc Community Center (OCC). The OCC is located at 220 W. Wisconsin Avenue in the city of Oconomowoc. The program, which is being presented by Farmers For Lake Country, will begin with a presentation by Iowa-based farmer Wayne Fredericks entitled, “Conservation Practices that Make a Difference in Water Quality and Soil Health.”
Mr. Fredericks raises corn and soybeans on 750 acres and has been a long-time user of no-till, strip-till and cover crops, with a passion for finding out what is productive, profitable and sustainable for the long-term health of his soil and local water resources. He is the past president of the Iowa Soybean Association, is currently a director on the American Soybean Association, and brings a practical, down-to-earth approach based on experience and solid data collection.
Darrell Smith, Director of the Oconomowoc Watershed Protection Program, notes that, “Wayne Fredericks has been pioneering farming practices that support the farmer’s livelihood and also promote soil health and the common good of healthy soil and clean water. We are excited to be welcoming him here to the Oconomowoc watershed,” he concluded.
The day of programming continues at 4:45 pm with a Field Demonstration of Cover Crop Seeding of Multi-Species Covers at Rosenow farm on McMahon Rd. The day will conclude with a Meet and Greet at the Rustic Inn. The Soil Health Feld Day is being presented with the support of Waukesha County Farmers for Clean Water, the Oconomowoc Watershed Protection Program and Tall Pines Conservancy. Advance registration is requested. For more information and to register, please contact Darrell Smith at 414-313-4323, visit www.farmersforlakecountry.org or e-mail [email protected].