Cover Crops Field Day, Tuesday November 29

The Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Boone County Extension Service are hosting a Cover Crops Field Day on Tuesday, November 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program will be held in the Annex Building at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds, located at 1300 E 100 S, Lebanon, Indiana.

The program will include a discussion of cover crop benefits and practices, herbicide management, discussion roundtables, and touring the cover crop plots to discuss production systems and issues and impacts on soil health. Program speakers include Barry Fisher and Mike Wigginton from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, AJ Adkins from Dawn Equipment, Hans Kok and Dan Towery, coordinators for the Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI), Brian Daggy from the Boone County SWCD, Bree Ollier from the Hendricks County SWCD, and Curt Emanuel from Boone County Extension.

Lunch, sponsored by Dawn Equipment, will be provided. There is no cost for the program however pre-registration is requested to help with meal planning. To register call the Boone County SWCD at 765-482-6355, ext, 134 or send an e-mail to Much of the program will take place outside at the field plots so participants should dress accordingly.

Field Day Agenda

Fall, 2016 Cover Crops Planted

The cover crop strips were planted on October 18 this year. We planted four different “treatments.” These are:

  • Cereal Rye, seeded at a rate of 50 pounds per acre
  • A mix of Barley, Rape, and Vetch. Barley @ 33lb/ac, Rape @ 2.66 lb/ac, Vetch @ 10 lb/ac
  • Annual Ryegrass, Vetch, Crimson Clover, and Rape. Annual Rye @ 10 lb/ac, Vetch @ 5.3 lb/ac, Clover @ 5.3 lb/ac, Rape @ 3.33 lb/ac
  • Oats and Oilseed Radish. Oats @ 30 lb/ac, radish @ 3.33 lb/ac

Everything was planted using a drill. Strips are 40 feet wide and each cover crop mix was planted into two strips. We also have a no-till check strip. The image shows the layout.

Plot layout
Plot layout for cover crops planted in fall, 2016.