NEWS from CCSI / For Release on Thursday, August 29, 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:
Sept. 18 field day emphasizes selecting / successfully growing cover crops in the Midwest

Indianapolis --  What is unique to soils in the Midwest that makes
A cover crop plot on JA Scott farms
Pulling samples from a cover crop plot on Scott's farm.
selecting the right seed and successfully growing cover crops so important? Find out on September 18 at JA Scott Farms in 
Kosciusko County.
"Over 40 different plots of cover crop species and mixes are growing on our farm to provide farmers and consultants the chance to see what is working well in our Midwest soils," said Jamie Scott, one of 12 Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) farmers across the state.
Jamie Scott
Jamie Scott
The field day kicks off with an overview of JA Scott Farms from Jamie Scott. Scott is part of a family farm operation consisting of about 2,000 acres. The operation was an early adopter of conservation tillage. 
Now all tillable acres are no-tilled or strip tilled. A spring workshop and field demonstration on cover crops has been held for the last three years. The Scotts have coordinated cover crop aerial seedings in an eight-county area for the last three years resulting in 16,000 planted acres.
Jim Scott, Jamie's father, will lead "round robin" discussions in the morning talking about the Scott Farms' Approach to Production Agriculture and its Effects on Soil Health. Agronomist Rich Recker joins him at the root pit.   
Dave Goracke and Ron Althoff follow with a discussion on Behind the Scenes of Cover Crop Seed Production in the U.S. / Insuring Quality Seed Sources. Goracke  represents the Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission. Althoff is a representative from Saddle Butte Ag, Inc. Jamie Scott completes the round robins before lunch with a tour of the cover crop plots.
After lunch NRCS State Soil Health Specialist Barry Fisher and Scot Haley, NRCS Area Resource Soil Scientist, will cover Soil Health Indicators. Cameron Mills, another featured CCSI farmer from Cass County, talks about the Termination of Cover Crops.

field shot "The more farmers can learn about cover crops, the better they can understand the benefits gained from using them, especially how they help the soil and their bottom line," said Lisa Holscher, CCSI Soil Health Program Manager. 
"This field day will also show how cover crops work well in a variety of tillage systems," Holscher added.
Scott's field day is a project of the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, JA Scott Farms, Tippecanoe Watershed FoundationMiddle Eel River Watershed Initiative, and the Wabash and Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Register online by September 12 or call the Wabash County SWCD 260-563-7486, ext. 3, or Kosciusko County SWCD, 574-267-7445, ext. 118. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required for lunch. 
J. A. Scott Farms is located at 6281 E. Van Ness Rd., Pierceton, IN. Turn north onto Van Ness Road from U.S. 30. The farm is located just west of Pierceton.

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