REYNOLDS, Ill. — A cover crops informational meeting is
scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Reynolds American
Legion Hall in Reynolds.
Organized by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of
Rock Island and Mercer counties, the event opens with a meal served at 5:30
p.m., followed by featured speakers at 6 p.m.
Western Illinois University professor Joel Gruver, northern
Illinois farmer Cade Bushnell and Iowa grower Steve Berger will share their
experiences with planting cover crops.
There is no charge to attend. For more information and to
make reservations, phone (309) 764-1486, extension 3.
The American Farmland Trust recently awarded the SWCDs in
Rock Island and Mercer counties two of seven Illinois grants. The purpose of the
grant is to promote the use of cover crops in row-crop operations.
The American Farmland Trust has identified cover crops as an
important tool for the protection of production agricultural lands.
Benefits of cover crops include reduced soil erosion,
enhancement of soil biology through increased microbial activity and the
development of higher organic matter levels and improved water quality by
reducing runoff and scavenging unused nutrients.