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Get to know the 'Cover Crop Guy'

Get to know the 'Cover Crop Guy'
Videos show farmers tips for using cover crops and benefits of cover crops.

OK, so you have a cover crop out there and it actually is showing signs of greening up now that the snow is finally melting off. What do you do next? How long do you let it grow before you burn it down? What do you use to burn it down? And when do you spray?

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Cover crop guy: Dan Perkins is known in northwest Indiana as the "Cover Crop Guy" and he is proud of the title. Meet him via video and check out his various video offerings on the JCSWCD Youtube channel.

Answers to questions like these and a lot more are captured in a series of You Tube videos made and posted by Dan Perkins. He is the watershed and program specialist for the Iroquois watershed. He's employed by the Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District and based in their office in Rensselaer, but he goes wherever the watershed goes. Sometimes that takes him into Newton County.

"We've tried to put a lot of information from real farmers getting going with cover crops in those videos," he says. "Farmers aren't identified, but they are all guys I am working with who want to make cover crops work."

Related: 10 steps to correct cover crop burndown

His area might not seem like the most natural choice for cover crops. There are sandy soils, but there are also heavy, wet soils. Some farmers are making cover crops work on both types of soil. Perkins goal is to help more people see what cover crops can do not only to limit soil erosion over winter, but also improve soil health over time.


Thinking about a cover crop? Start with developing a plan. Download the FREE Cover Crops: Best Management Practices report today, and get the information you need to tailor a cover crop program to your needs.


To access his videos on a wide variety of cover crop topics, the easiest route is to go directly to his Youtube channel, JCSWCD. You might also find him under a Google search for "Cover Crop Guy."

You can learn more about the watershed project by visiting: iroquoiswatershed.org.

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