Cultivating Resilience: A Comprehensive Farmer’s Field Day

Taking place for the first time in 2019, numerous local partners hosted a farm field day on Smallegan Farms in Hudsonville. The event was a great success, with almost 150 producers, conservationists, and agribusiness professionals attending. The partners hosting Cultivating Resilience include the Ottawa Conservation District, the Allegan Conservation District, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Outdoor Discovery Center, and the Macatawa Coordinating Council.

This year, our field day will showcase new and emerging practices that promote soil health, giving producers practical conservation knowledge that they can use to evaluate their operations. On-site demonstrations will showcase cover crops and how they respond to West Michigan’s microclimate, different termination options for cover crops, and early season interseeding of cover crops into 30” or 60” rows of corn. Additionally, attendees will hear presentations such as how to balance economic and environmental decision-making, research on “planting green,” and learn about the multitude of conservation programs available to landowners.

As agriculture in West Michigan faces continued challenges – from extreme rainfall to groundwater shortages – cultivating resilience in our agricultural community is essential.

To register, please visit https://ottawacd.org/maeap/ and fill out the registration form by August 16th. For questions, please call 616-842-5852 Ext.5 or email ottawacd@macd.org. This event is free to attend and includes lunch.