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Farmers of the Sugar River Held Farm Tour August 28


September 10, 2020

Photo courtesy of Tonya Gratz

From left: Farmers Dan Truttmann, Dwight Truttmann, Colin Legler, Nate Strahm, (in wagon) Nick Faessler, Jerry Daniels and Barb Daniels listen to Bob Zurfluh explain the cover crop mix of soybeans, cowpeas and radish he planted into his old hay stand to alleviate compaction.

On a beautiful Friday morning, more than a dozen farmers gathered at Bob Zurfluh's farm, south of County C, east of Monticello, to see the variety of practices Bob is experimenting with on his farm. The participants spread out in two wagons and toured the farm. Many stops were made to closely examine the results of his trials.

For several years Zurfluh has frost seeded alfalfa into his winter wheat. He spreads the seeds out into the dormant wheat with a fertilizer buggy in March when the ground is mostly clear of snow, but still freezing and thawing. His established stands look great....

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