Tri-County SWCDs to Hold Cover Crop Breakfast
Through a partnership with the Alcoa Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Pike, Dubois and Gibson Counties, there will be a Cover Crop Breakfast on Thursday, February 9th, 2017. This event is FREE to area producers who have a valued interest in improving their soil health and natural resources. A PARP credit has also been approved for this event. Featured speakers include Ronan Cummins, an independent Crop Consultant and owner of Agronomy One, LLC out of Owensboro, Kentucky and Maria Restrepo-Turner, Pike County Purdue Cooperative Extension Agent.
RSVP is requested for catering purposes. For more information, visit www.alcoabreakfast.eventbrite.com , or call any of the three SWCD offices. Pike - 812-354-6120 ex.3; Dubois - 812-482-1171 ex.3; Gibson - 812-385-5033 ex. 3
Healthy Soil = Clear Water
This photo was taken on Tuesday December 6, 2016, in Southwest Indiana. This field was planted in a cereal rye/tillage radish cover crop mix following corn. To be perfectly honest, it was difficult to find any water running off of this field at all, because nearly all of the rain was soaking into the soil. This photo was taken in an area of the field where three different valleys came together. The estimated drainage area at the location of this photo was about twelve acres, and this was all of the water that was running.
What is the value to you as a producer to have only clear, colorless water running away from your farm during the winter? Healthy soil is the answer. Soil health is essential to long term sustainability of highly productive soil like this. Utilizing winter cover crops like these improves the soil’s ability to absorb rain water and keeps the micro-biology within the soil alive and thriving. There are so many benefits to cover crops with very little downside. If you haven’t experimented with using winter covers yet, you really should. Talk to your local Soil and Water Conservation District office and speak with some of your neighbors that are doing it. There really can be a day when all cropland runoff water is clear and colorless and yields and production remains high.
- Article and photo submitted by Chris Lee, NRCS
Are You Eligible for CREP?
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a federal-state conservation program designed to help alleviate some of the concerns of nonpoint source pollution by restoring buffers and wetlands to improve water quality. CREP participants receive financial incentives and maintain ownership rights to enrolled land. See the flyer below for more information.
SWCD Hosts Farm Fair
The Daviess County SWCD hosted its 20th annual Fourth Grade Farm Fair on September 9, 2016 at the 4H fairgrounds in Washington. The 410 students were accompanied by 44 teachers and parents as they all moved through a series of 17 learning stations. Local and area experts taught the students about crops and livestock grown and raised here in Daviess County, as well as other topics such as ATV safety, soil erosion and making yarn from wool. Most of our dedicated volunteers have been a part of the Farm Fair for many years! Special certificates were displayed at each learning station, recognizing the number of years each volunteer had given their time. Those attending the Farm Fair also enjoyed a special demonstration on dog obedience and agility, given by Andrea Bauer and Kensay Mott of A-1 K-9. They also volunteer with the local 4H dog club.
Each year, the Farm Fair relies on the talents of many volunteers, and also the support from several organizations. This annual event would not be possible without them! The Daviess County SWCD would like to thank the following for their continued support of the Farm Fair: All of the presenters, Purdue Extension, Farm Bureau Inc., Prairie Farms, Hoefling Truck & Tractor, Washington Parks & Recreation Department, the City of Washington, Perdue Farms, supervisors and staff of the Daviess County SWCD, staff of the Daviess/Martin NRCS and FSA, and ISDA staff.
See photos from the day in our photo gallery. Photo credits: David Colbert, Toni Allison and Sally Christie.