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CTIC Seeks Ohio farmers to demonstrate Cover Crops

Published Aug. 21, 2009 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Rye is often used as a cover crop

The Conservation Technology Information Center is looking for Ohio farmers who are interested in cover crops to participate in its "Using Cover Crops to Facilitate the Transition to Continuous No-Till" project.

Farmers participating in the program will receive technical support to help with the use of cover crops and continuous no till, as well as financial support for fulfilled obligations. Farmers need to have ground that has previously been tilled to participate.

Consultants will provide support to participating farmers enabling them to plant three strip plots. Each plot will be in a corn and soybean rotation and can start with either corn or soybeans (with a previous crop of corn, soybeans, or wheat). Plots 1 and 2 will be a minimum of 5 acres. Plot 3 will be a minimum of 15 acres. Tillage of the plots will be as follows:

Plot 1 - No-till soybeans but at least one tillage pass (may be more) in soybean stubble ahead of planting corn OR corn with at least one tillage pass (no cover crops)

Plot 2 - No-till soybeans or no-till corn (no cover crops)

Plot 3 - No-till soybeans or no-till corn. One or more cover crops will be planted on this plot in the fall 2009 and 2010. Cover crops planted in the fall of 2009, 2010, and 2011 will be determined by farmer, crop consultant and Dan Towery, Ag Conservation Solutions. This rotation will continue on all plots through spring 2011. Cover crops will be planted in fall 2009 and fall 2010 on Plot 3.

These requirements will be amended slightly to allow farmers to begin participating in the fall of 2009 with a cover crop planting.

Upon completion of the project, CTIC will use the stories from these farms to help others adopt the use of cover crops.

For complete details, expectations and obligations of the project, click on the attachment above, or contact Angie Williams at 765-376-4504 or e-mail williams@conservationinformation.org.



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