INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana corn and soybean farmers in the Upper White River Watershed have an opportunity to participate in a fully-funded cover crop program this fall.
The program is made possible by Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Beck’s Hybrids.
The program includes enough cover crop seed and an option for aerial application for a 40-acre field located in the Upper White River Watershed.
The corn and soybean checkoff programs will also soil and biomass sample the field and report those results back to each participant. The deadline to apply is Aug. 7.
“It just kind of gives you a lot of flexibility — you don’t have any money invested in it,” said Mat Berger, a farmer who is in his third year of the program.
“It’s really simple to use, really easy to sign up and I’ve never been billed for anything. There’s no risk, so why not try something new if there’s no cost up front?”
Six years ago, ISA and ICMC introduced its Upper White Cover Crop program. Corn and soybean growers who sign up can participate each year as long as the program has open slots each summer.
The Upper White River Watershed spans several counties in east-central Indiana, including Boone, Brown, Clinton, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Randolph and Tipton. To register, go online to KeepItMidwest.com/soil-health or contact ISA and ICMC Sustainability and Value Creation Project Manager Madeline Lilly at firstname.lastname@example.org.