Indiana Farmers Planting More Cover Crops

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Jane HardistyLast fall a survey was taken to determine how many Hoosier farmers planted cover crops on their fields. State Conservationist Jane Hardisty says the results were surprising, “According to the data, over 1.1 million acres of cover crops were planted in 2015, which is an increase of nearly 10 percent compared to the previous year and 225 times more coverage over the past decade.”Hardisty told HAT the extreme weather conditions of the past two years have demonstrated to producers the value of cover crops and reduced tillage, “We have fields across the road from each other, one with cover crops and no-till and the other with convention tillage. Farmers have seen for themselves the difference in yields in these extreme conditions.  The yields on the cover crop fields far exceeded those on the conventionally tilled fields. This has sent a strong message to producers.”Hoosier farmers also continued the trend of plowing less and using sound conservation practices that preserve valuable topsoil, according to the 2015 data. Not plowing the soil is a critical component to improving soil health and can reduce soil erosion by 75 percent when compared to a conventional tillage system. The results show that 55 percent of Indiana’s harvested cropland was left undisturbed during the winter months.Not only is Indiana leading the nation in the adoption of cover crops, the data that is being collecting is also unique and serves as an example to other states on what can be done. “We introduced the cover crop assessment to the survey in 2011 so that we could better tell the story of Indiana’s conservation efforts,” said Hardisty.  “Cover crops protect soil from extreme weather and retain valuable nutrients in fields during winter months, playing a key role in soil health. With more farmers implementing this practice, the 2015 survey results prove why Indiana continues to be a national leader in soil health.”Hardisty says the adoption of precision farming and the tight economic times are encouraging producers to make changes in their operations to reduce expenses and improve yields, “Farmers are changing the way they operate; they are changing their management and their equipment.  We find that the farmers that are including conservation decisions in their planning are the ones who are getting more output with less inputs.”“When our farmers apply sound conservation practices, it’s good for the soil, contributes to improved water quality and good for the future of agriculture,” said Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). “These survey results not only indicate that more farmers are implementing these types of practices, which means that soil health is improving, but also that Indiana has a conservation model that works and continues to garner national attention.”The results are improved soil health and a reduction of the environmental impact of a farming operation. To learn more about Indiana’s conservation efforts, please visit icp.iaswcd.org. Or to find the tillage transect for your county, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District office by visiting www.in.gov/isda/2370.htm.  Additionally, ISDA maintains tillage transect reports dating back to 1990 on its website www.in.gov/isda/2383.htm which also includes the most recent transect results. Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farmers Planting More Cover Crops Indiana Farmers Planting More Cover Crops By Gary Truitt – Apr 24, 2016 SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleSwitch to Growing High Oleic Soybeans is SimpleNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truittlast_img read more

Uber rush

first_imgLinkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email NewsLocal NewsUber rushBy Bernie English – August 10, 2015 1149 Twitter WhatsApp Printcenter_img ANXIOUS Limerick job seekers have sent a deluge of applications for the upcoming positions at Uber with 150 of 300 new jobs due to come on-stream by Christmas.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Uber last week announced plans to open its first centre of excellence outside the United States in the city centre.The San Francisco based car service provider said it has been overwhelmed with the response from Limerick with hundreds applying for the first 50 jobs, which are currently advertised.And the good news continues, with coffee chain Starbucks due to start its fit-out on the ground floor of the Thomas Street building this week.There are a number of other high-profile companies in the mix for the rest of the space, creating at least 100 full and part-time job opportunities.Meanwhile Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that the Hanging Gardens site in Henry Street, which is in the final stages of being acquired by Limerick City and County Council, had attracted the interest of at least three prospective investors.He said that there was a lot of confidence that it could be the location for another 250 jobs or so when it is fully developed. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articleGAA – Weekend results from Limerick GAANext articlePatient files sent to outside email Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSfeaturedJobslimerickuber last_img read more

DB boosts security

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Liverpool lift 19th Premier League trophy

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool ended their 30-year wait to lift the league title at Anfield as club captain Jordan Henderson hoisted the Premier League trophy on Wednesday night.The Reds wrapped up the league with seven games remaining last month, courtesy of Chelsea beating nearest rivals Manchester City 2-1. And Liverpool celebrated their triumph after their final home game of the season, receiving the trophy during a special ceremony in the iconic Kop stand after a dramatic 5-3 win over Chelsea.As fans let off flares and fireworks outside the stadium, club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish handed the trophy to Henderson, who has now lifted the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Premier League as Reds skipper.With a trademark shuffle of the legs, the Reds skipper emphatically raised the trophy to the sky while surrounded by his teammates and Liverpool’s backroom staff.Ahead of Liverpool’s match with Chelsea, Henderson spoke of how being handed the trophy by Dalglish – who won multiple league titles as a player and manager at Anfield – “makes it even more special”.“He’s an iconic figure at this football club, a huge person who we all love,” the central midfielder told BBC Breakfast. Henderson made 30 Premier League appearances this season, scoring four goals and five assists.Though he has been a mainstay in Jurgen Klopp’s side, the 30-year-old missed the Reds’ last two matches with a knee injury and took no part in the game with the Blues.Henderson has been a big miss from the starting XI, with the Reds being held to a draw with Burnley and losing to Arsenal before the thrilling win over Chelsea.Tags: AnfieldJordan HendersonLiverpoolPremier Leaguelast_img read more