Cover Crop Field Day – August 11 – Jay Aspenson Farm

Friday August 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Planting cover crops after winter wheat is the start of late summer and fall cover crop establishment and this field day will feature cover crop establishment after winter wheat.  Jay also frost seeds red clover into winter wheat and the field day will start with test results on the nitrogen credit available to corn planted into his red clover stands.  Nitrogen test results for hairy vetch and winter pea will also be covered.

Dr. Erin Silva, UW-Extension Specialist, will review variety selection and seeding rates for winter cereal rye that is used for weed suppression with a roller crimper.  Dan Smith of the UW Nutrient and Pest Management Program will highlight herbicide considerations when utilizing cover crops.

Jay Aspenson has been using cover crops for several seasons and will be discussing his practices for frost seeding red clover, the seeding attachment he has incorporated for planting cover crops with vertical tillage, and his planter setup for no-till into cover crops.

Cover crop programs for Vernon and Crawford County will be reviewed by Dave Troester and Karyl Fritsche, County Conservationist and District Conservationist for Crawford County, and Ben Wojahn, County Conservationist for Vernon County.

This field day will be held at Jay Aspenson’s wheat field that is one mile west on Rounds Road off Hwy. 27 just South of Mt. Sterling.  The field day starts at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude with lunch at 12:00 noon.  There is no charge for attending but registrations are required for lunch and can be completed by calling Sarah at 608-637-5480.