Midwest Cover Crops Council Podcast Available

OCTOBER 1, 2018 8:40 AM

The Midwest Cover Crops Council hosted a podcast series “Are Cover Crops for You?” through the Cover Crop Champions program with the National Wildlife Federation. This podcast is a series of short interviews with farmers and specialists and solving problems on the farm and how cover crops can be a part of the solutions.

Check it out here: http://mccc.msu.edu/podcast-cover-crops/

Registration is Open for This Year’s Northeast Cover Crops Council Meeting

OCTOBER 1, 2018 8:32 AM

The second Northeast Cover Crops Council Conference will be held at the Ramada Inn, State College, PA, on November 15, 2018 with a field day on November 16, 2018. It features Ontario grain farmer, Blake Vince, on improving soil with roots not iron and UMD soils professor Ray Weil on his cover crop research, as well as 40 breakout and poster presentations on the latest in cover crop research and applications in the Northeast. The conference includes generous networking opportunities during the poster session, “World Café” discussions, a social hour and a field day at the Penn State Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center.

The conference is organized by the Northeast Cover Crops Council (NECCC) with support from PASA and NE SARE. The NECCC consists of farmers and representatives from NGOs, the ag industry, government agencies including USDA NRCS and USDA ARS, and universities. The mission of the NECCC is to support the successful implementation of cover crops to maximize economic, environmental, and social benefits. Visit http://northeastcovercrops.com/annual-conferences/2018-neccc-conference-information/registration/ to register or contact Victoria Ackroyd (Victoria.Ackroyd@ars.usda.gov) for more information. Early-bird registration ends October 15, 2018.

Minnesota Farmers Experiment with Soil Health

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 2:35 PM

“Soil Your Undies” or in other words, test your soil health! This past summer, farmers in southern Minnesota dug holes in their corn and soybean fields and buried pairs of cotton underwear that would be dug back up two months later for observation. This is in no way a scientific test, but the act helps farmers to understand the amount of organic matter in their soils. You can see in the image below, the underwear in the center was buried in conventionally tilled soils for two months, while the others had cover crops either with standing crops or following. Read the full article for more information!

NRCS Offers Funding for Agricultural Land Damage in Select Wisconsin Counties

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

NRCS has recently made funds available to producers in select Wisconsin counties who have experienced forest and agricultural land damage from severe flooding in that last two months. Producers can apply for funds to repair damages to existing EQUIP practices or apply for new practices to address damages. Applications are due November 16th. If you are an ag retailer in the area, pass this information on to your grower clients! For more information, click here!