October 19, 2021

Vermilion Watershed Tour Aug. 11

EMINGTON, Ill. — The Vermilion Watershed Field Tour will be held Aug. 11 to explore conservation and soil health practices that will benefit both the watershed and the bottom line.

The event will be held at Swartz Farms, 29587 E 2100 North Road, Emington, beginning with a breakfast and registration at 6:30 a.m.

Following breakfast there will be presentations by America’s Conservation Ag Movement, Craig Swartz of Swartz Farms, Ivan Dozier of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Michael Woods, Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The field day will then move to a tour of Fulton Farms to see a constructed wetland that was built in conjunction with The Wetlands Initiative, NRCS, Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Illinois Land Improvements Contractors Association.

The second stop will be a cover crop trial plot followed by a strip-tilled corn field with starter nitrogen trials. The tour will then return to Swartz Farms.

To register, go to farmjournal.swoogo.com/vermilion. If you have any questions, contact Becky Taylor, Livingston County SWCD, at rebecca.m.taylor@il.nacdnet.net or call 815-844-6127, Ext. 3.

The tour is hosted by Craig Swartz of Swartz Farms and sponsored by the Vermilion Headwaters Partnership. Support for the event comes from America’s Conservation Ag Movement, American Farmland Trust, the Ford and Livingston SWCDs, Farm Journal Foundation, USDA-NRCS and The Wetlands Initiative.