**Update – limited to 20 spots!**
If you are interested in soil health and would like to see a variety of soil health practices first-hand, we have a great opportunity for you. The Allamakee SWCD is organizing a bus trip to North Dakota on August 17-19. The stops in North Dakota include Menoken Farm, Black Leg Ranch, and Dakota Lakes Research Farm. A block of rooms has been reserved along our route and reservations need to be made by July 17. Please call the office for more information, 563-568-2246 ext. 3. The hotel and transportation will cost around $350 total, however you will book and pay for the hotel on your own. You would be responsible for supper costs, but the lunches will be included in the registration.
We will plan to leave at 1:00 on the 17th and return to Waukon around 8:30 on the 19th. See the agenda here.
The Menoken Farm is a conservation demonstration farm located in central North Dakota, owned and operated by the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District. This farm showcases no-till, high crop diversity, rotations with cover crop combinations, composting, grazing systems (including season long cover crop as part of a crop rotation), and gardens. Jay Fuhrer is the lead educator and uses his many years experience with NRCS to help put practices on the landscape.
The Doan family has implemented an intensive grazing system on over 14,000 acres of grazing land, splitting it into 90 paddocks. Their goal is to mimic the effects the bison herds had on the prairie. The ranch also has 3,000 acres of cropland that receive cover crops to help protect the soil. The ranch has even expanded to have a brewery.
The Dakota Lakes Research Farm consists of 800 acres of land of which about 250 acres is irrigated. Additional land is rented for research purposes. The entire operation is managed using no-till techniques. Dr. Dwayne Beck is the Research Manager at Dakota Lakes. The farm currently grows a wide variety of crops and utilizes cover crops.