A report has just been released with detailed results from a farmer survey on cover crops. The survey was carried out in partnership between the USDA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC). More than 750 farmers were surveyed during the winter of 2012-13, primarily from the Upper Mississippi River watershed. Questions on cover crop adoption, benefits, challenges, and yield impacts were included in the survey. Key findings included the following:
• During the fall of 2012,...Read More
SARE grantee, Barry Lonik, contributed this feature to the Ann Arbor Observer about his ongoing project to preserve undeveloped farmland. Lotnick received a SARE grant in 2009 to develop the Connecting Landowners, Growers and Markets Using Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) group. They endeavored to connect the owners of smaller farmable properties in Ann Arbor Township, MI with producers interested in small-scale agriculture to provide fresh produce and other commodities for markets in the Ann Arbor area and surrounding regions by utilizing the Township’s agricultural purchase of development...Read More
"Momentum is building on cover crops, and I believe this survey information will be helpful not only for our SARE grant planning but also for other organizations," said Dr. Rob Myers, NCR-SARE’s PDP Coordinator and Regional Director for Extension Programs. "One of the goals of the survey is to determine the impact of cover crops on cash crop yields under the drought conditions that...Read More
The story below features the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference taking place in March. It is funded, in part, by NCR-SARE.
Innovative approaches to ditch management could save Ohio grain farmers time and money while reducing the flow of phosphorus and nitrogen through ditches that lead to streams, rivers, and ultimately Lake Erie and beyond, Ohio State University experts say.
Over the past decade there has been increasing interest...Read More
Certified crop advisers, farmers, members of the agriculture industry, and anyone with an interest in crop production is invited to attend the Ohio Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, March 6-7, 2012 at the McIntosh Center at Northern Ohio University.
- 65 presenters, panelists
- 10 hours of Nutrient Management
- 9 hours of Soil & Water
- Corn University (5 hr)
- Soybean School (6 hr)
- Speakers from 9 universities
- Precision Ag. (Friday)
- Farmer and industry panels
- Cover crops (Thursday)
- Planter adjustments
- Crop scouting...
Women who own or manage farmland in Delaware, Dubuque and surrounding counties in Iowa are invited to participate in this free conservation discussion and field tour sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN).
A lunch will be provided, and an afternoon field tour will allow participants to view farmland conservation practices in the area. The program will end with wrap-up and dessert no later than 3 p.m. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, November 15.
This WFAN session is a partnership with Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones and Clayton Soil and Water Conservation Districts and NRCS,...Read More