Soil protection discussed in Mount Calvary

Over an inch of rain fell hours before a Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers (SRPF) field day opened to sunny skies for committed farmers to join in a discussion about interseeding soybeans into corn as a cover crop.

Brothers Joe and Mark Loehr, who are charter members of the farmer-led watershed conservation group, hosted the Aug. 28 event in one of their fields for 16 attendees, including farmers and ag business professionals.

“We have a big challenge as dairy farms to help the soil and grow the most productive crops,” said Joe Loehr, whose farm, Loehr Dairy, milks 500 cows. “The crops also need to have a certain nutrient profile for the cows to make high-quality milk. Digestibility of the plant and how we store it makes a difference in the end and that is why we go with the longer, more mature soybean so the plant isn’t drying out when we need to harvest the corn for silage.”

(Please see the September 10 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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