By Tim Kowols
Deer-Run Dairy in Kewaunee will host farmers from around the area next week when the Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network hosts its first field day. A partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Peninsula Pride Farms, the group of farms is a testing ground for different conservation farming techniques to improve organic matter and soil health while controlling phosphorus run-off. Agronomist and Peninsula Pride Farms board member Zach Sutter says farmers can learn a lot from the work being done on the farms since the program started a few short months ago.
The field day, taking place on September 7, will include a soils pit talk, a NRCS rainfall simulator, and discussion on low-disturbance manure applications.