The LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in cooperation with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, will hold a cover crop field day from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. The event will be held at McKibben Farms, located four miles south of LaGrange on the west side of SR 9 near the intersection of CR 365S.
Scot Haley, NRCS soil scientist for the Ft. Wayne area, will demonstrate the effects of cover crop root systems using a soil profile pit on site.
Local crop farmer Scott Beecher will give a brief testimony concerning the use of cover crops on seed corn ground, and Jed Fought will talk about using cover crops in conjunction with no-till farming practices.
Bob Eash will give some information on using cover crops as grazing forage.
Dave Arrington, watershed coordinator for the LaGrange County SWCD, will talk about ongoing conservation grant programs in LaGrange County, and NRCS District Conservationist Derek Thomson will wrap up the session talking about both federal and local funding opportunities for farmers wanting to use begin using cover crops on their operations.
The informal, drop-in program itself is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., and should take no more than an hour. Cover crop seed dealers will be on hand to give information concerning seed and species availability and exhibit equipment. Free refreshments are included for anyone attending any part of the field day.
No registration is required. Parking is available at the Valentine United Baptist Church and the Valentine Mennonite Church. Watch for signs the day of the program.
For more information, contact the LaGrange County SWCD at 260-463-3471 ext. 3.