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Yanke family to host farming event

Conservation Observation Day on August 17th to feature tours, breakfast

 

August 16, 2018



The Yanke Family of Loganville will be hosting Conservation Observance Day on August 17, 2018 at Echo Y Farm, S7905 Sky View Rd, Loganville. Echo-Y Farm is a 4th generation diverse farm operation consisting of 760 acres of cropland and 275 acres of perennial pasture.

The Yankes have been conservation minded farmers since the 1960s. They are 100% no-till and currently use single and multi-species cover crop mixes that improve soil health by increasing infiltration and improving nutrient cycling. These diverse cover crop mixes are carefully selected to include a number of flowering species that will also provide pollinator habitat. Recently, the Yankes started roller crimping their cover crops in order to “plant green” and reduce their pesticide and herbicide inputs. They also rotationally graze Holstein heifers and a low-line angus beef herd. By intensively managing their pastures, they are able to graze their cattle well into the middle of winter without having to provide supplemental feed. The Yankes are innovative farmers who insist on protecting natural resources while maintaining a productive farm. In recognition of their conservation efforts, the Yankes received the 2018 Conservation Farm Family of the Year award from the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association.

Conservation Observance Day begins at 9 a.m. and will consist of continental breakfast, lunch, farm tours, as well as displays and presentations. This event is free and open to the public – please RSVP to Melissa Keenan at melissa.keenan@saukcountywi.gov or 608-355-4838.

For more information on Conservation Observance Day, visit http://www.co.sauk.wi.us/landconservation or by following Sauk CPZ on Facebook.

 
 

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