Cover crops are shown on the right compared to a conventionally tilled section of a farm field owned by Tom Cotter in Austin Township. Cotter is one of the presenters for two, free sessions of “Cover Crops 101” being offered Jan. 3 at at Riverland Community College’s ag center in its Austin-West facility.

Free classes offered soil-health practices

Cover Crops 101 session Jan. 3 at Riverland Ag Center in Austin

Austin Township farmer Tom Cotter speaks during a May 2017 field day on cover crops/soil health organized by Mower Soil & Water Conservation District at various sites in Mower County.
TJ Kartes
Tom Cotter, an Austin Township farmer, plants cash crops into cover crops in spring 2016.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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