Wilkin County Soil Health Demonstration Site

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Wilkin County Soil Health Demonstration Site

July 14, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Goals & Objectives 
  • Goal 1 (Management Systems): Establish a minimum of six demonstration plots to compare the impacts of conventional tillage, strip-tillage and no-tillage, with and without cover crops, on soil health.
  • Goal 2 (Monitor & Measure): Annually monitor the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the soil, along with the soil moisture within every plot to measure soil health changes/trends.
  • Goal 3 (Economics): Quantify and communicate the risks and returns, for each management system, to help farmers better understand input costs and profits for each.
  • Goal 4 (Education): Hold a minimum of one field day annually for the public to increase adoption of soil health promoting practices.
  • Goal 5 (Information Gaps): Work with soil health researchers and agency partners to identify research gaps and incorporate activities/measures where practical and feasible.
Overview of the Demo Site
  • This field has been farmed by the Johnson family for 40+ years using conventional tillage
  • This will be a 5 year demonstration site
  • The 60 acre field will be split into 3 – 20ac. Tillage Treatments
1) No-Till
2) Strip-Till
3) Conventional Tillage
  • Each tillage treatment will be split in half with cover crops vs no cover crops, giving us a total of 6 different plots to analyze
  • Current Crop Rotation

Year 1) 2021 Corn
Year 2) 2022 Sugar Beets
Year 3) 2023 Corn
Year 4) 2024 Soybeans
Year 5) 2025 Wheat



July 14, 2021
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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