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Partnership for Ag Resource Management Expanding its Team in the Great Lakes

With a new grant, the Great Lakes Protection Fund is supporting the IPM Institute of North America to expand its pioneering collaboration with ag retailers throughout the Great Lakes Basin. This expansion of the Partnership for Ag Resource Management (PARM) project is based on a successful pilot implemented in the Sandusky River Watershed in Ohio. This project expansion has created the need for additional team members.  Currently there is an opening for the PARM Project Manager position.  To find out more about this position see the job posting

Cover Crops Can Improve Soil in “Prevented Planting” Fields

Excessive rain and flooding has once again resulted in many fields that will go unplanted this year. Hoosier farmers who find themselves in this situation need to weigh not only their program and insurance options (prevented planting), but also the opportunities to increase long-term productivity from this difficult situation. Read more

Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide, second edition, ORDER NOW

The Midwest Cover Crop Council has recently updated their Cover Crop Field Guide.

Producers who want to prevent soil erosion, improve nutrient cycling, sustain their soils, and protect the environment have been returning to a very old practice: planting cover crops.

Although farmers have been using cover crops for centuries, today’s producers are part of a generation that has little experience with them. As they rediscover the role that cover crops can play in sustainable farming systems, many growers find they lack the experience and information necessary to take advantage of all the potential benefits cover crops can offer. That inexperience can lead to costly mistakes.

This guide will help you effectively select, grow, and use cover crops in your farming systems. While this guide isn’t the final word on cover crops, it is meant to be a useful reference. Read more about how to order yours.

A Simple Strip-Till Plan Produces Diverse Results

With his bare-bones row-unit setup on a rented toolbar, Jerry Henkel doesn’t consider himself a traditional strip-tiller. But for the last 15 years, Henkel’s simple approach to strip-till has helped reduce nitrogen usage, improve corn yields and nearly eliminate erosion concerns.

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