Anyone wanting to learn more about soil and farming is invited to attend a farm tour to be hosted by the Shell Lake Yellow River Watershed Council from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Sawyer Brook Farms near Shell Lake. The free event is open to the public. 

Host farmer Todd Schrankel will discuss how he farms and the work behind the fields you see in our area. Todd is a crop farmer who has farmed in the Shell Lake area for 20 years. 

Schrankel has a degree in agronomy from UW-River Falls and worked for six years as an agronomist and six years as a technical consultant for Tractor Central before switching to farming full time. He uses no-till and cover crops to help protect and improve the soil. 

In addition, a soil pit that displays the soil from the surface down to six feet will be on site. Local educators will discuss the soil pit, along with the basics of soil: what it is, how it is made, and how it impacts everyone. 

Sawyer Brook Farms is located at N4215 Tozer Lake Road in Shell Lake. From Highway 63 take Lone Star Road west until it ends at Tozer Lake Road, then look for the farm at the intersection. Take a right, and it’s the first driveway on the left. 

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