Experts in surface water runoff and no-till farming will be the guest speakers when the Farmers of the Barron County Watersheds hold a meeting from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at Rolling Oaks Restaurant & Lounge, Barron.

Lunch will be served, and those who attend can receive “continuing education credits,” according to Becky Schley, Barron County agricultural agent.

Reservations can be made by contacting Craig Hamernik. Call or text to (715) 418-0053 or email no later than Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The guest speakers for Feb. 12 include Eric Cooley, co-director of the University of Wisconsin-Discovery Farms, and Jason Cavadini, assistant superintendent and agronomist at the University of Wisconsin’s Marshfield Research Station.

Cooley collects and shares data, and develops educational materials, based on results of the UW-Discovery Farms research programs. He holds an undergraduate degree in soil and water conservation and a master’s degree in soil physics, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cooley’s specialties include surface water runoff and tile drainage.

Cavadini’s work demonstrates the principles of no-till farming, and how no-till works just as well on the heavy, more poorly drained soils as well as other more well drained soil types.

His presentation will include information about no-till research in central Wisconsin, the benefits of no-till on soils, and the use of cover crops.

Farmers of the Barron County Watersheds has received a 2019 Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant.

The Feb. 12 program will include information about a cover crop rebate program, research, and test plots.

For further information, call: Clayton Wohlk, (715) 641-0942; Andy Bensend, (715) 296-7628; Karyn Schauf, (715) 790-7202; or Logan Dwyer, (715) 651-9803.