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.
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.