Mark Adelsperger

Market Facilitation Program: Signup begins July 29th

July 25th, 2019 5:25pm Are you a farmer or rancher whose commodities have been directly impacted by unjustified foreign retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional export markets? The Market Facilitation Program was created for producers just like you. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced May 23, 2019 that USDA would again provide aid to assist farmers hurt by trade disruptions prompted by unjustified foreign retaliatory tariffs on their products through MFP. President Trump authorized USDA to provide up to $14.5 billion…

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Are Saturated Buffers Effective?

February 11, 2019 3:22pm Riparian buffers have been shown to be effective at removing nitrogen from surface flows, as well as shallow subsurface ground water, but in the tile-drained landscape of the Midwest, a significant portion of the nitrogen lost from agricultural fields does not have the opportunity to interact with the carbon rich buffers. Read more

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Midwest Cover Crop Council Announces Their New “Cover Crop Recipes”

February 7, 2019 04:21 PM The Midwest Cover Crops Council is excited to announce our new “Cover Crop Recipes”! These recipes are a joint project of the MCCC and the state Land-Grant with funding from the McKnight Foundation. Indiana, North Dakota, and Iowa recipes are available now and we plan to have state-specific recipes coming out over the next year for each state in the region. They are intended to provide a starting point for farmers who are new to…

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Precise Nutrient, Cover Crop Use Cleans Up Chesapeake

JUNE 1, 2018 12:55 PM By Ian Gronau posted on July 30, 2016 | Posted in Cover Crops, Nutrient Management Although Trey Hill has been farming around 10,000 acres in Rock Hall, Md., his whole life, he’s quick to mention that he’s more a student than a teacher. It’s this instinct that leads him to perpetually tweak his nitrogen (N) management and cover-crop program, forever in search of more conservative and efficient techniques for the fourth generation family-run Harborview Farms.…

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Cover Crop Bandwagon Frustrates Farmers

MAY 10, 2018 1:05 PM, Ag Web by Farm Journal On a bitterly cold April morning outside Alexander, Iowa, Roy Arends stands on a county road and stares at ground seeded the previous fall. Bare, black dirt across a naked 40 acres. Despite planting tillage radishes in October, he is forced to walk into the field to find a visible trace of isolated 2” sprouts with anemic volume. Arends is dealing with stark reality: Cover crops are failing on his…

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Survey shows Indiana remains a top state for cover crops

INDIANAPOLIS (April 25, 2018) – Indiana farmers planted 970,000 acres of cover crops in 2017, according to a recent survey. Cover crops are now the third-most planted crop in the state, next to corn and soybeans. “With the late harvest and heavy rains farmers experienced last fall, seeing close to one million acres of cover crops growing is no small accomplishment and worth celebrating,” said Jill Reinhart, acting state conservationist for Indiana’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). “This year’s data…

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