The opportunity to learn from one conservation farmer about soil health, no-till and cover crops is worth a trip. The chance to hear two of the most recognized leaders in their fields at the same time, on one of their farms, is a 'must see' event.
David Brandt, nationally recognized since he began no-tilling on his farm in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1971, visits Roger Wenning, Decatur County, Ind., for a field day on Aug.12. It's at Wenning's farm at 1513 N County Road 80E near Greensburg, and it's open to the public.
Brandt has used cover crops since 1978. Using cover crops and no-till as a system, he has increased organic matter content from 1% to 5%.
Wenning started later, but he has increased soil organic matter content on average from 1.0 to 2.3%, and has also bumped up yields considerably. Corn in his whole-field, hybrid test plots has topped 260 bushels per acre for the top hybrids for the past two years. His ground is average land, although well-tiled.
Brandt isn't the only person from Ohio crossing the border to join in the discussion. Ohio State University's Jim Hoorman is an expert in cover crops. He will also attend and share his tips toward improving soil health.
Other speakers include Ron Chamberlain of Gypsoil, talking about the benefits of gypsum, and representatives of local dealerships explaining the strategy of applying nutrients correctly. Part of their emphasis will be cutting down on the potential for nutrient losses into the environment.
Representatives of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance will also bring updates to the field day.
To register by phone contact Jenna Nicholson at 812-663-8685. Or visit wenning2015.eventbrite.com.
Weather permitting, the field day will include a tour of cover crop plots, a rain simulator demonstration and time spent in a soil pit looking at soil structure.
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