Learn about upcoming programs and the latest resources from Purdue Extension-Delaware County, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).
Purdue Extension-Delaware County is planning a "forum" for those interested in local and regional food production, with a focus on small-scale and/or diversified farm operators marketing their products direct-to-consumer and/or to local and regional buyers. The forum (def. a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged) will be designed based on the needs and interests of participants.
A national survey--conducted by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)--has documented for the second year in a row that farmers see a yield increase from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans. It also provides information on the challenges and benefits that farmers see and expect with cover crops, costs of seed and establishment of cover crops, and how farmers learn to
Michael visits a specialty crop farm to discuss a cover crop mix planted after a potato crop. A four-way cover crop mix is discussed, along with details of each species, the benefits of cover crops in a small-scale production system, and management details.
Michael visits a Delaware County producer's field that was no-till drilled to an eight-way cover crop mix after wheat harvest this year. He briefly discusses the species in the cover crop mix, the soil health benefits that result from the cover, and the corn crop that will be no-till planted into the cover crop residue in spring 2015.
View slides of the Cereal Rye-Soybean Research presentation given at the 2014 Davis PAC Field Day on Thursday, August 28, 2014. The research is being conducted at the Purdue research farm north of Farmland, IN by Michael O'Donnell, Extension Educator, ANR, Delaware County and Jeff Boyer, Farm Superintendent, Davis PAC.
Michael has been visiting cover cropped fields around Delaware County this spring to document cover crop growth, termination, and cash crop emergence, and discusses the benefits of cover crops and conservation cropping systems (CCS) in a series of short videos and images. Links to additional resources are included.