NEWS from CCSI / For Release Wednesday, September 25, 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:

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Nov. 1 Annual Tillage Meeting & Pesticide Re-Certification Agenda


9 - 9:30 a.m.

Introduction: Vickie Smith, Dearborn County SWCD; CCSI Hub Program: Lisa Holscher; 
Soil Health Program Specialist: NRCS Soil Health: Shasta Woodard, District Conservationist; 
Farm History: Marshall Alford, CCSI Farmer

9:30 - 9:50 a.m.

Scouting & Pest Management: Steve Gauck, Agronomist

9:50 - 10:30 a.m.


Cover Crop Selection Made Simple / Planter Set-up / Termination of Cover Crops / Grazing Cover Crops: 

Barry Fisher, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist and Robert Zupancic, NRCS Grazing Land Specialist

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:05 a.m.

Flying on Cover Crops: Dungan Aerial Service, Inc. 

11:05 - 11:30 a.m.

New Chemicals for Resistant Weed Control: Larry Huffmeyer, Syngenta and CCSI Farmer

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


12 - 12:45 p.m.
Discover Cover: Ed Winkle
12:45 - 1 p.m.
Tour Cover Crops
1 - 1:15 p.m.
Farm Service Agency Updates: Mike Kohlsdorf, FSA County Executive Director
1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Indiana Fertilizer Rules: Mike Hornbach, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service
1:45 p.m.
PARP Certification


Nov. 1 annual tillage meeting more than just a gathering for area farmers 
Results are clear; new conservation practices increase after annual event
Moores Hill, Ind. -- Just south of the Moores Hill community in Dearborn County, farmers, consultants and conservationists from Southeast Indiana will gather on Marshall Alford's farm November 1
Marshall Alford
Marshall Alford, CCSI farmer from Dearborn County, as he prepared to plant this year's cover crop test plots. Photo credit: Dearborn County SWCD
"The Annual Conservation Tillage Meeting is not a typical field day," said Vickie Smith, Dearborn County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) technician and educator. "It is an opportunity where farmers feel comfortable talking with speakers, asking questions, and when they leave they're the ones who go out and sell cover crops and new conservation practices to other farmers."

The 2013 event is sponsored by the Dearborn and Ripley County SWCDs and the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI). Alford is one of CCSI's 12 Indiana farmers playing key roles in the CCSI's three-year USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant

pulling soil tests
Heather Wirth, left, Hogan Creek watershed technician, and Mike Hornbach, Purdue Cooperative Extension educator for Dearborn County, pull soil samples on Marshall's farm. 
Photo credit: Dearborn County SWCD


"It is great to be at Marshall Alford's farm," said Lisa Holscher, CCSI soil health program manager. "What's unique here is the fact Marshall has effectively set up controlled traffic zones on his farm. He essentially plans his field operations so he drives the same wheel tracks, pass after pass, year after year." 


"This, combined with nearly 30 years of no-till and 20 years working with cover crops, shows just how well soil health practices can benefit a region known for its tight, wet soils."  


"Marshall's farm is a great backdrop to emphasize that maintaining the status quo of soil organic matter levels just isn't good enough anymore," Holscher said. "We don't talk as much about reducing
organic matter loss," 
said Holscher. "Now we're talking about building organic matter."


Smith knows the annual tillage meeting is making a difference.


"After each meeting, we always have new farmers interested in learning more about the topics we presented," she said. Over the last couple of years, the focus has been on cover crops and the benefits of healthy soils. "To me, the new faces in the door and the new practices on the ground are a testament to the quality of the information and format of this event."


Holscher says the local SWCDs have a tremendous amount of support from their agribusinesses and other community partners. 


"That local reinforcement, along with the number of acres impacted by 'new' conservation practices after these meetings, speak volumes to that public-private partnership, and to the quality of content and the comfortable format they've developed. It's truly impressive." 


The complete agenda for the November 1 Annual Conservation Tillage Meeting is available at the left or onlineRegistration is free, but reservations are required by October 25 for meal counts. The day begins at 9 a.m. EDT. Commercial (includes aerial) and Private Applicator Re-Certification Program (PARP) and Continuing Certification Hour (CCH) credits will be available. 
Contributing sponsors who provide support for the meal include Consolidated Grain & Barge, Dearborn County Farm Bureau, Inc., Hall Farms, Miller Equipment, Syngenta and Zimmer Tractor. Partners who contribute resources for speakers, literature, seed, etc. include the CISCO CompanyHogan Creek Watershed, Purdue ExtensionUSDA Farm Service Agency and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Register online or call the Dearborn County SWCD at 812-926-2406, ext. 3. Marshall Alford's farm is located at 15778 W. County Line Rd., Moores Hill, Ind.

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