KEWANEE, Ill. — Livestock grazers should plan to attend the cover crop grazing field tour scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at Dean and Joline Oswald’s Farm near Kewanee.

The program will highlight ideas for extending the grazing season and improving forage quality and quantity in the fall and winter with cover crops.

Oswald’s are grazing 40 head of commercial meat goats on oats and dwarf essex rape cover crop. The cover crop was seeded by aerial application on standing corn.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Cover Crop Species for Grazing and Livestock Use — Dean Oswald , Zea Mays Foundation, Midwest Grass and Forage.
  • Productivity of Cover Crop Species — Nick Fritch of Henry County Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • Experiences Grazing Cover Crops with Beef Cattle — Jim Isermann of Streator, Zea Mays Foundation and Soil Health Partnership.
  • Cover Crop Forage Nutrient Quality and Forage Testing — Oswald.
  • Forage Allocation for increased Quality and Yield — Oswald.

The field tour will be co-sponsored by Henry County NRCS, Henry County Farm Bureau, the Zea Mays Foundation, Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District and Midwest Grass and Forage.

The farm is one mile west of Kewanee on Route 81, left on 2480 Street, third house on the left.


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