Farmers of the Barron County Watershed meeting

It was a full house as the Farmers of the Barron County Watersheds met at Rolling Oaks Family Restaurant Jan. 30 for their winter educational meeting. Speakers included Jason Cavadini, agronomist at the Marshfield Ag Research Station, Jeff and Jake Lake, 2019 winners of the Leopold Conservation Award, and Logan Dwyer of Prairie Lake Township, who reported on his experiments inter-seeding between 60-inch corn rows and grazing cover crops. Cavadini has demonstrated on his own farm and the UW farm that no-till practices work equally well in the heavier and poorly drained soils as full tillage. The Lakes shared their experiences and practices in building a sustainable and regenerative strategy to secure success for future generations in northern Dunn County. More than $8,600 in rebate checks were handed out to local farmers who seeded cover crops. Coming up is the Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference in Stevens Point on Feb. 20. The watershed group is offering scholarships to local farmers to attend, and those interested should contact Craig Hamernick at 715-418-0053 as soon as possible.