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Cover it Up! Sustainable Farming with Multi-Species Cover Crop Mixes


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When:November 2, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Where:Two Mile Creek Organic Farms, 1489 CR 725 E, Sullivan IL

How Much:$20 per person (includes lunch: BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich, cole slaw, choice of fries/potato fries, and drink)

Cover crops are an essential tool for increasing soil health in row crop production systems. Discover the benefits multi-species cover crop mixes in row crop production and how to incorporate them into your rotation at this all-day field day. We will tour demonstration plots, a soil pit dig, see cover crop seeding and management equipment, and hear presentations by farmers, researchers, and educators on the many aspects of managing cover cropping systems.

Agenda

 Time  Topic
 9:00 AM  Plot Tours
   - Multi-species mixes
   - Examples of various seeding methods, rates, and times
   - Pit dig
   - Equipment for cover crop management
 12:00 PM    Lunch
 1:00 PM  Presentations
   - Barry Fisher (NRCS), Cover Crops and Soil Health
   - Kim Erndt-Pitcher (Prairie Rivers Network), Incorporating pollinator and beneficial insect habitat on your farm 
   - Jamie Scott (Scott's Cover Crops), A farmer's perspective on cover crops - the benefits outweigh the investment
   - Andy Brantner, NRCS Programs & Assistance
   - Steve Buxton (Two Mile Creek Organics), Creating a Cover Crop Plan for your Farm
 4:00 PM  End

 


 


Presenters

 

Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott, of Pierceton, Ind., farms 2,000 acres as part of a family operation. He also provides sells and service for cover crop seeding in northern Indiana, southern Michigan and northwestern Ohio. The service includes a “turn-key” aerial seeding operation. The operation was an early adopter of conservation tillage. Now all tillable acres are no-tilled or strip tilled and have had cover crops planted for the past seven years. He had been a supervisor for the Kosciusko County SWCD for seven years and chairman for the last three. He currently serves the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) as secretary. The family has implemented many conservation practices and earned recognition as the IASWCD Conservation Farmer of the Year, and has received both regional and national Conservationist of the Year awards from the American Soybean Association. A spring workshop and field demonstration on cover crops has been held for the last three years.

Barry Fischer

Barry Fisher, a 32-year veteran of NRCS, is the State Soil Health Specialist for NRCS in Indiana. He provides agronomic training and assistance to NRCS field staff and represents NRCS in the Conservation Cropping System Initiative (CCSI) and the Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC). He strives to advance the technology of successfully integrating no-till, cover crops, crop rotations, adaptive nutrient management and precision farming for higher soil health and function.

Kim Erndt-Pitcher

Kim is the Habitat and Agiculture Programs Specialist for Prairie Rivers Network. Her work focuses on regenerative agriculture and pollinator habitat conservation. Kim provides technical, outreach, and organizing expertise.

Steve Buxton

Steve is the owner and operator of Two Mile Creek Organic Farms and the host of this field day. He grows certified organic corn, soy, small grains, and produce. Steve is also a seed dealer with a heavy focus on multi-species cover crop mixes.