Purdue Extension in Delaware County will host James Hoorman, Ohio State University Extension educator and assistant professor, for an intensive day-long Farming for Soil Health workshop on March 11 in Muncie.
Purdue Extension in Delaware County will host two workshops on fruit and vegetable food safety for direct market growers, covering practices that help to keep food safe from seed to market.
The Purdue Extension Local Food Program and county Extension offices will host four workshops for vegetable farmers who want to learn about wholesale markets. During the workshops in January and February, attendees will learn about getting into local and regional wholesale markets. Some of the topics include wholesale vegetable production, food safety practices, strategies for production, and customer relationships and management.
A farmer network initiated in March 2015 by Purdue Extension is seeking new participants. Purdue Extension of Delaware and Madison Counties is coordinating the network for those interested in local and regional food production, with a focus on diversified, specialty crop, and small- to mid-scale farm owners and operators marketing their products direct to consumers and to local and regional buyers. Beginning or aspiring farmers are highly encouraged to participate.
Michael O'Donnell, Extension Educator, visits a field that was "planted green" in Delaware County. Check out this YouTube video to learn more about this emerging production system. In this case, soybeans are no-till planted into a green, living cover of cereal rye.
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.