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3 Fox Lake farms get free cereal rye seed, more available

October 11, 2018

FOX LAKE — The Fox Lake Preservation Organization has provided more than 12,000 pounds of free cereal rye seed to the Schultz (TriFecta) Farm, Dale Paul Farm and the Hoekstra Farm in Fox Lake to plant as winter cover crops, thus decreasing soil and surface water runoff.

According to Charlie Nelson, Fox Lake Preservation Organization president, the Dodge County Healthy Soils/Healthy Waters initiative has demonstrated to area farmers and to lake groups the importance of cover crops.

The FLPO has more seed available for farms directly on the Fox Lake shoreline or whose farmlands are on streams that flow into Fox Lake. To participate, call 920-344-2881 or 920-296-4764.

“We are grateful to these innovative producers. But those who live on the lake also need to work towards water quality,” Nelson said. “FLPO is encouraging shoreline homeowners to install buffer and rain gardens. Through the DNR Healthy Lakes Grant, state funds are made available to individual lake shore property owners for shoreline restoration, habitat reclamation, runoff and erosion control projects. If our Fox Lake shoreline homeowners and farmers work together, we will see a difference in our lake’s water quality.”

Farmers in the Fox Lake watershed interested in free cereal rye seed from the Fox Lake Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District should contact Healthy Soils/Healthy Waters’ representatives Tony Peirick at 920-390-0583 or Brendon Blank at 920-285-4640. Free delivery of the seed and drill equipment is available.

For more information, visit foxlakeflpo.org.

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