Tag Archives: cover crops

Indiana Field Day To Focus On Cover Crops In Weed, Pest Management

One of the Midwest’s experts on cover crops will be in Indiana on June 25 to talk to farmers about their use in pest and weed management. Dr. Dale Mutch, Michigan State University professor of plant, soil and microbial sciences, cover crop Extension specialist, and representative to the Midwest Cover Crops Council joins the Conservation

2013 CTIC Conservation In Action Tour Registration Now Open

Registration has opened for the Conservation Technology Information Center’s 2013 Conservation In Action Tour, which will explore innovative conservation practices in and around the Indian Creek watershed in Livingston County, IL, July 9-10. Celebrating the theme of Community 4 Conservation, this year’s tour will bring together agriculture leaders from all over the country – including

The Role Of Gypsum In Agriculture: 5 Key Benefits You Should Know

While farmers have used gypsum (calcium sulfate dihydrate) for centuries, it has received renewed attention in recent years. This resurgence is due in large part to ongoing research and practical insights from leading experts that highlight the many benefits of gypsum. The latest information on gypsum was the focus of the third annual Midwest Soil

Key Conservation Takeaways From CTIC’s 30th Anniversary Bash

Dr. Fred Luckey, chairman of Field To Market, the Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Key­stone, CO, perhaps said it best when summing up the many challenges confronting agriculture in the race to feed nine billion people by 2050. “We have to find another way. Like Dr. Malcolm said in Jurassic Park, ‘Life just … finds

Conference To Cover Drought, Impact On 2013 Growing Season

The Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference will be December 18-19 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E. 21st St., Indianapolis, IN. It will include speakers from 10 states, including nine Purdue Extension educators, on topics spanning nutrient, soil and water, pest, and crop management. “Our speakers have a great deal of expertise and are some

Agronomist: Consider History, Not Drought, During Fall Tillage

Farmers should consider the short- and long-term effects of fall tillage on their fields and not just the effects of the drought on this year’s crop, a Purdue Extension agronomist says. Tillage loosens and rearranges soil aggregates with the intent of establishing a better foundation for crop seed placement and root growth, but the drought

Cover Crops Trap Residual N Following Drought

This is the perfect year to plant cover crops in Illinois, according to soils and agronomy experts with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Besides the obvious negative impact on crop yields, the drought will leave residual nitrate in the soil at harvest time, potentially allowing nitrate to leach out the bottom of the root

Drought 2012: USDA Changes Crop Insurance Rules For Cover Crop Harvesting

For farmers wanting to insure a grain crop in 2013, certain rules applied to the treatment of cover crops for emergency forage this summer. The existing rule stated that if the forage/cover crop will be harvested in the Spring of 2013, then that crop cannot be insured. This rule has been changed temporarily in order