Jimmy Emmons, a regional leader in the Soil Health movement, will be the featured presenter for a field day on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Michael Thompson from Almena, will also speak. Sponsors for the day include Cheney Lake Watershed, Inc., the Reno County Conservation District, and Kauffman Seeds. The field day will be at Kauffman Seeds’ west facility at 9218 Halstead Road just west of Yoder.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with cover crop plot tours beginning at 8:15. A grilled hamburger lunch will be provided courtesy of Kauffman Seeds. The event will conclude by 2 p.m.

Emmons and his wife, Ginger, manage nearly 2,000 acres near Leedey, Okla., approximately 150 miles south of Kinsley. The diversified operation includes wheat, irrigated dairy alfalfa hay, canola, and a cow-calf operation. In 2012, they began experimenting with cover crops to improve soil health and provide forage for the cattle. His skepticism regarding moisture loss with cover crops has led him to invest in soil moisture probes to track changes in soil moisture through the cropping season.

Emmons interest in cover crops has also been driven by a desire to improve his bottom line. In fact, his banker is very supportive and plants cover crops on his own farm. “Better soil means better financing, lower risk, and better operations.

Thompson, Almena, has been instrumental in incorporating cover crops and livestock into his family’s traditional cropping system. Dismayed at the high cost of land, he originally began using cover crops for grazing as an effort to increase the return on existing acres. The improvements in soil health have increased water holding capacity and reduced input costs.

There is no cost for the field day which includes lunch but participants are asked to register by Monday, Aug. 22 to guarantee a spot. Register via email at cheneylakewatershed@gmail.com or call or text Howard Miller at 620-727-6546.