This field day, co-hosted by Purdue Extension-Organic Agriculture and Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), will provide an overview of Noble Organic Grains, owned and managed by Joel and Kim Mecklenburg, including their organic transition strategy, organic crop rotation, and markets. Guests will have the opportunity to see and learn about organic seed corn production, double crop soybeans, equipment used to interseed clover into soybeans, and a hemp grain research plot.
Registration: To register for this free event, please call the RSVP mailbox at (614) 285-4889 by July 25 and leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, and the total number of people in your party.
Directions: The farm address listed above is marked correctly in Google Maps. From I-69, travel west on Rte. 6. Pass Kendallville and Brimfield and turn right (north) on Baseline Rd. Turn left (west) on W 900 N. Look for the barn, house, and shed with red-orange roofing on the north side of the road.
Agenda (subject to changes):
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Welcoming remarks - Michael O’Donnell, Purdue Extension and David Bell, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Board Member
9:10 am Transition Strategy and Organic Cropping System at Noble Organic Grains - Joel Mecklenburg, Noble Organic Grains
9:40 am Manure Application Regulatory Overview and Updates - Matt Pearson, Fertilizer Administrator, Office of Indiana State Chemist
10:00 am Field Rotations (30 minutes each)
Organic Seed Corn Production - Jeffrey Block, Gro Alliance
Double Crop Soybeans, Interseeding Clover, and High Residue Cultivator Setup - Joel Mecklenberg, Noble Organic Grains and Mark Tacheney, East Central Marketing
Hemp Research Plot: Agronomy, Markets, Regulations - Bryan Parr, Legacy Hemp; Jessica Scott, INHIA; and Marguerite Block, Purdue University Agronomy
12:00 pm Conclude, Open networking time