This field day, hosted by Purdue Extension-Organic Agriculture, will provide an overview of Ramerview Holstein Farm, where the Ramer family manages a certified organic dairy, producing organic milk for the largest organic farmer cooperative in the nation, Organic Valley. The field day will focus on the Ramer's organic field crop production, and how they have expanded crop acreage in recent years with grain production going to both the dairy and sold as cash grain to local organic grain buyers. The Ramer brothers raise corn, soybeans, wheat, spelts, oats, and hay, and include a diverse mix of cover crops in the crop rotation. Learn about their approach to weed control, fertility management, crop rotation, and past success with organic no-till corn production. We’ll visit corn hybrid variety plots that includes sidedress fertility trials. Additional topics include:
- soil health in organic row crops and realities of roller-crimping and organic no-till
- liquid starter and sidedress fertility options with corn planting
- flame weeding, tine weeding, and finger weeders in organic row crop weed management
Don't miss this great educational and networking opportunity on Thursday, September 5th. Online registration is now available. We are requesting registration by Monday, September 2nd to help us plan for seating, refreshments, and handouts. You may also call 765-284-8414 to register over the phone. Please provide name, phone number, and number attending if you leave a voice message.
Please note that this field day was originally scheduled for August 8, but was rescheduled to September 5 due to delayed planting this spring.
The field day will take place at a field away from the main Ramerview Farm at approximately 16100 County Road 146, New Paris, IN (GPS coordinates: 41.485733, -85.770575). The field is in corn, and is located immediately west of the intersection of County Road 146 and County Road 31. Parking will be along County Road 146 west of County Road 31.