The Rice Soil and Water Conservation District and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, along with additional conservation partners, are hosting a field day Sept. 16 on "Cover Crops, Tillage and Trout: How Are They Connected?"
The free event will take place at Roger Helgeson's farm located at 9821 Decker Ave., Northfield, Minn. Helgeson’s farm is located on Rice Creek, Rice County’s only self-sustaining trout stream.
Field day presenters will explore the watershed connections between agriculture, conservation, water quality and habitat. A farmer panel will discuss how to increase farm profitability and improve water quality using the Land O'Lakes Truterra Insights program. The field day will also feature how to better manage tile drainage, an electro fishing demonstration and habitat discussion, a stream table and aquatic insect presentation, and other activities.
The field day begins at 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 16 with a light lunch and will end at 3 p.m.
Other partners include the Fishers & Farmers Partnership, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, St. Olaf College and Compeer Financial.