NEWS from CCSI / For Release on Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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For more information, contact:
DeeDee Sigler, communications manager, 317-692-7374, ext. 303
CCSI Contacts:  
Hans Kok, Coordinator
Dan Towery, Assistant Coordinator 
Barry Fisher, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist 
Lisa Holscher, Soil Health Program Manager 

CCSI Partners:
Southwest Indiana Soil Health Expo scheduled for August 14

Indianapolis -- Farmers interested in increasing yields, reducing input costs and improving the overall soil health and productivity of their operation should put August 14 on their calendar. 
The Conservation Cropping System Initiative's (CCSI) Southwest Indiana Soil Health Expo is for any producer interested in improving their soil health, especially those farmers who have an interest in cover crops, regardless of their current tillage system.

"Herbicide resistance or just tough-to-control weeds are facts we have to face," says Lisa Holscher, Soil Health Program Manager for CCSI. "Whether we're talking about use of cover crops - like cereal rye to suppress Marestail, or sharpening a bean hook to get those few weeds in the middle of the field. We need to make sure we're ready to combat the problem today.  


"This CCSI workshop will focus on techniques, other than tillage of course, that also can be used by conventional tillers,"  Holscher adds. "So it will be a great workshop for everyone in between."


Dr. Aaron Hager Featured speakers for the day-long event include Dr. Aaron Hager, associate professor of weed science, University of Illinois. Dr. Hager's research is focused on developing innovative approaches that ultimately expand our knowledge and understanding of weed biology. He directs emphasis towards contemporary weed species infesting major field crops in Illinois (and Indiana), including herbicide-resistant species. 
Larry Huffmeyer Larry Huffmeyer, one of the 12 Conservation Cropping System Initiative farmers, has worked for Syngenta for over 30 years while maintaining a 1,300 acre farming operation in Ripley County. Huffmeyer presents common sense approaches to weed control in conservation cropping systems. Whether it is understanding residual effects of herbicides on the establishment of cover crops, or the proper chemical selection and nozzling for weed control, he offers easy-to-understand methods.
"Prevention is much better than a cure and there are two basic things in that: scouting and diligence. Dependence on a single spray program can lead to weed problems," Huffmeyer emphasizes. "We need to make sure that weed control programs are prescribed based on the problem identified by boots in the field. That's why farmers should attend this field day."
Tom Bechman Tom Bechman, editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer Magazine, and a leading conservation advocate, will facilitate a panel of experts who use different methods to seed cover crops - from a Gandy seeder mounted on a corn head, to modified sprayers, to traditional drills. These individuals will be able to provide great insight into the best timing and cover crop species to use for each of those methods. 
Bechman, who has been with Indiana Prairie Farmer since 1981, is well-respected throughout the farming community. He recently received the Ag Media Award for Excellence in reporting on Indiana agriculture at the 2013 Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum in Indianapolis. 
oilseed radish in the field
A variety of cover crops in a southwest Indiana field.
The day starts at 8 a.m. (CDT) at the Vanderburgh County Fairgrounds, 201 East Boonville New Harmony Road, Evansville. Registration for this great day of information and networking is just $10 which includes lunch. The event is a project of CCSI and the Gibson, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and CCSI Farmer Kurt Stahl

Register online or contact the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District at 812.354.6120.


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