The Farmers of the Barron County Watersheds (FBCW) will be hosting a field day on Friday July 14, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM at Rainbow Valley Farm. Rainbow Valley Farm is owned and operated by the Glen Wohlk family. Rainbow Valley Farm is located North of Almena on HWY P. Fields are just South of the 16th Ave. intersection on the East side of the road.
The Wohlk’s have been utilizing a no-till system for 18 years continuously. They have learned how to use a no-till system to successfully implement conservation strategies while maintaining their quality feeds and yields. At this field day, you will hear a quick story of their system including a focus on their establishment of alfalfa. A valuable discussion will focus on the establishment year which typically is the most vulnerable year for soil erosion when traditionally seeded into powdered seed beds with zero residues. Participants will not only have the opportunity to view alfalfa fields that are in various years of production, they will have the opportunity to check out Wolhk’s continuous no-till operation featuring corn, soybean, silage, and rye. Questions will be encouraged to be asked at any time, and discussion will be allowed to flow in whichever way it takes off. Other demonstrations such as an infiltration and slake test will be going on as well. FBCW’s goal is for farmers to see a different but successful way of establishing a forage crop as well as hear about a “never-till” system in hopes that they may consider adopting some of the practices they see. Maintaining profitability and stewardship toward land and water can be accomplished simultaneously!
In addition to viewing Wolhk’s successful operation, FBCW will be announcing the details of their upcoming cover crop rebate program for the 2017 crop year. There will also be a short discussion by Colin Schild on waterway construction. In case of rain, the meeting will take place in a shed on the Wolhk farm. Hope to see you there.