Despite harvest still being in full swing we had a great turnout at our annual Farming for the Future Field Day at the Cooper Farm in Brook, Indiana! Over 100 people showed up to learn about the future of farming. Topic stations included:
- Cover Crop demonstration plots:
- Termination and Drift Laws
- Winter Kill and Oats
- Aerial, Broadcast, and High Clearance Seeding
- Nitrogen Credit to Corn- a study conducted right on the site by Dr. Armstrong of Purdue and his team
- Drill and planter setup for planting green and brown
- Interseeding at V5 Corn
- Roller Crimping for Weeds & Moisture
- Organic Row Crop Q/A
- Soil Health Tests and Methods
- Annual Ryegrass and Termination of Cover Crops
- Insects, Voles, and Controls
At registration guests were given a folder containing information and a Don’t Farm Naked- Plant Cover Crops shirt! Guests enjoyed hot coffee, donuts, and fruit upon registering at the field day. Ray Archuleta was the main event speaker and opened up with his talk on conservation farming and bio-mimicry. Group leaders led groups of 10-12 people to the different stations. A hot lunch was provided in the main barn along with hot coffee and heaters to warm everyone up! Sessions resumed after lunch in an open-house-style format so guests could wander and talk at their leisure. A root beer social followed in the main barn (to our surprise people did eat the ice cream despite the cold weather).
Surveys were collected at the end of lunch and are used to guide us in our planning for next year’s field day. One farmer wrote “Good info, been trying to learn more about seed & tools for cover crops and now I have and found we might be able to afford cover crops which is what has put us off so far”. Another farmer wrote “a day well spent”.
A huge thank you to the sponsors and organizers for making the Farming for the Future field day possible! Interested in sponsoring one of our events? Give us a call at 219-866-8008 x3 or go to www.iroquoiswatershed.com and fill out our sponsorship information page under the “Events” tab.