Fall, 2021 Cover Crop Seeding – Using a Drone!

For those familiar with our Cover Crop plots history, one of the issues we have struggled with has been getting cover crops seeded in a timely manner. While we have usually planted shorter season corn and soybeans, we rely on volunteers to take a combine from their farm operation, come to the plots, and harvest … Continue reading Fall, 2021 Cover Crop Seeding – Using a Drone!

A Soybean Field After its First Year With a Cereal Rye Cover Crop

In Indiana we have a program funded by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council and administered by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture called INfield Advantage (INFA). Through INFA farmers enroll a field and implement agronomic practices using a field trial system. Farmers receive data and information about how the adopted practice … Continue reading A Soybean Field After its First Year With a Cereal Rye Cover Crop

University of Minnesota Video on Soil Structure and Cover Crops

University of Minnesota Extension Soil Health Specialist Anna Cates has developed a nice, short - 5 minute - video discussing soil structure in farm fields. She covers basic principles of soil structure, implications for farming, and how reduced tillage a cover crops can improve structure. We don't do a lot with Field Peas here but … Continue reading University of Minnesota Video on Soil Structure and Cover Crops

Regenerative Agriculture Article Featuring Rick Clark

The Indianapolis Star recently published an in-depth article discussing Regenerative Agriculture and the prospect of farmers being paid for carbon credits. The article features Warren County, Indiana Farmer Rick Clark. He shares how changing his farming practices has impacted his farm finances. In particular, he has reduced his annual farm input costs by $800,000. There … Continue reading Regenerative Agriculture Article Featuring Rick Clark

Fall, 2020 Cover Crop Project Update

It has been a busy fall. We - mainly Brian Daggy from the Boone County SWCD - harvested corn and planted cover crop strips this fall. Even with the damage from the 2019 construction, the yield was about 162 bushels of corn on a short-season variety. Cover Crops were planted on September 25. Unfortunately this … Continue reading Fall, 2020 Cover Crop Project Update

Virtual Soil Health Field Day Thursday, September 2

Purdue Extension – Boone County, the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be hosting a Virtual Soil Health Field Day on Wednesday, September 2 from 9-11 a.m. The program will include: Angela Garrison, NRCS – Practical Demonstrations of … Continue reading Virtual Soil Health Field Day Thursday, September 2

Cover Crop Project News

I haven't provided a project update in a long time. The main reason is that the plots have been going through some changes. The project is still ongoing but beginning last summer we ran into a few issues. Most of this is due to a development that went in near the plots. As part of … Continue reading Cover Crop Project News

A Boone County Farmer’s Cover Crop Advice

This morning I was going through one of the Ag News Services I receive in my e-mail, Morning Ag Clips. One of the featured articles involved Dave Chance of Chance Farms, a Boone County farmer we've worked with and who has been a speaker at our Field Days. There is a great deal of information … Continue reading A Boone County Farmer’s Cover Crop Advice