From North Dakota’s Badlands to Ardmona’s food bowl, cover cropping is boosting soil health and profits

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Stipa Native Grasses Association are presenting a workshop and field day with US soil expert Gabe Brown in Shepparton on Wednesday 2 November 2016.
Gabe Brown (right) with son Paul

Gabe Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement that focuses on regenerating our resources. Gabe, along with his family, own and operate a diverse 5,000-acre farm near Bismarck, North Dakota.

The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping system, which includes a wide variety of cash crops along with multi-species cover crops and all-natural, grass-fed beef, poultry and sheep. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides or fungicides.

Following an interactive presentation from Gabe in the morning, workshop participants will then visit Fraser Pogues’ irrigated cropping farm near Ardmona. Fraser and his family have been trailing cover crops in rotation with their irrigated corn crop since 2011.

“This focus on soil health is going well and showing great improvements,” Mr Pogue said.

“I’m still refining multi-species cover cropping as a system but I’m looking forward to sharing the results so far and lessons learnt.”

The workshop and field day is a great opportunity for farmers and advisors to gain practical insights into how cover cropping can improve profit and soil health.

For further information or to register for the event head to https://trybooking.com/212096. Bookings are essential.