Cover crops field day offered

2013-02-18T00:00:00Z Cover crops field day offeredTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

KOUTS | A field day will be sponsored by Porter County SWCD and Purdue Extension – Porter County on March 25 to share information and demonstrate the benefits of using cover crops in cropping systems.

The field day will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Hopewell Mennonite Fellowship Hall in Kouts at 805 North Main St.

The day will feature information on cover crop management to improve soil health by Dale Mutch, Michigan State Extension, and Dan Perkins, Jasper County SWCD. A panel to discuss effective use of cover crops will also include Joe Cuson, LaPorte County, and Matt Lechlitner, Frick Services, Wyatt.

Weather permitting, a tour of nearby farm fields planted to cover crops will take place to look at plant top growth. Pits will be dug to look at root growth and cover crop impacts on soil quality.

Private Applicator Recertification Program credit is available for those attending the field day; applicators are asked to bring their PA license and a $10 PARP fee with them. Credit is also available for commercial applicators and Certified Crop Advisers.

A registration brochure is available at www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/laporte. Call (219) 463-7515 ext. 4 or email michelle.benson@in.nacdnet.net to register.

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