Whether you have cover crops planted or not, whether you no-till every field or not, here is a low-cost chance to hear from experts about systems that may help you boost profits yet this year, and in years to come. The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative is sponsoring three advanced conservation cropping workshops for farmers over the next three weeks.
Lisa Holscher, program manager for soil health within the Initiative, says it's an excellent opportunity for farmers to learn more about these systems form experts. Several of the speakers also talked at the No-Till Workshop earlier this winter in Indianapolis.
You can choose from three dates and locations. The first one is offered on March 13 at the Dubois County Fairgrounds south of Jasper and north of Ferdinand. The second will be held on March 15 at the Southeast Purdue Ag Center near Butlerville. Your final opportunity is March 22 at the Diagnostic Crop Training Center at Lafayette. This is located at the Agronomic Research Center on U.S. Highway 52 west of West Lafayette.
The cost for each session is $20. Registration and seating is limited, so get your space reserved and mark your calendar now. Register on the Web at: www.in.gov/isda/ccsi/.
The program will vary slightly by location. Weather permitting, demonstrations on how to set up equipment will be held outside with planters and other equipment at the southern Indiana sites.
"The goal is to help farmers who have some experience get to the next level," Holscher says. "We want to be able to answer specific questions."
The program at Lafayette will cover much of the same material, but will be tilted slightly more toward cover crops and forage grazing, including identification of potential cover crops. All three one-day sessions cover the entire day.
Plan to be at one of the sites, and register now.