There is a reason why Indiana is the leading state in adapting cover crops. Lisa Holscher, coordinator of the west-central Indiana watershed alliance, says Indiana has twice as many acres in cover crops as the next state on the list amongst the leaders nationwide in adopting cover crops. Everyone from seed producers and seed salesmen to many soil and water districts are pushing the concept. The bottom line, however, is that they work!
Look for a series of articles on various types of cover crops in the April issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer, featuring Mike Plumer, retired agronomist from the University of Illinois. He not only practices the use of cover crops un his own no-till operation in southern Illinois, but also conducted cover crop research trials in his post with U of I for many years. He was a featured speaker at a no-till cover crop meeting the West-Central Alliance held in December.
This time, the alliance is sponsoring a tour on Wednesday, March 7. Co-sponsors include Clay, Greene, Sullivan and Vigo SWCDS, plus Ceres Crop Solutions. The tour will be a bus trip to several fields planted to cover crops in the area, officials note.
Barry Fisher, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a leading no-till expert with a reputation of telling it like it is, will lead the tour. Emphasis will be upon different choices you might select as a cover crop, and why some fit in certain fields or situations better than other possible selections.
The big plus is that the farmers who farm the fields will also be on hand to answer questions. If you go on the tour, you will also receive the Purdue Extension Cover Crop Field Guide, plus other information on what was done on the fields highlighted on the tour.
There is a $10 charge to attend the event. Space is limited to the first 60 people who register. Visit: www.Watershed-Alliance.org for more details. Or you may call the Sullivan SWCD at 812-268-5157, ext 3. Make your reservations now.