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Cover crops and no-till systems are the agenda for upcoming workshop and field day.

Tom Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

June 6, 2013

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Field days on cover corps and soil health are becoming a tradition for Roger Wenning and family. He hosts at least one at his farm east of Greensburg every year. This year is no exception. The field day is scheduled for June 25 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wenning's farm is one of the 12 farmer sites for the special research program conducted by the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative this year. There are also five hub sites. Lisa Holscher is in charge of the program.

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The emphasis at this workshop/field day will be using cover crops for weed and pest management. Sometimes farmers believe cover corps attract pests, and they can under certain situations. But used correctly they can also be a benefit. Rye is gaining a reputation fairly quickly for providing a large amount of help on weed control in soybeans.

Wenning and his son Nick strip-till in twin rows, and use cover crops as well. They have a twin-row planter, and also have a twin-row plot to help them determine the hybrids and populations that respond best in that system on their farm.

The field day will feature a look at cover crops, a root dig, good food and speakers on the subject.

If you haven't tried cover crops before, this will be a great opportunity to rub shoulders with those that have. If you have and found some obstacles that need to be smoothed out, you should be able to find the answers from the speakers or farmers with experience who will be at this field day.

Look for more information as the field day approaches. Check with your local soil and water conservation district office or Extension office for directions, and mark it on your calendar now.

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About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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