By Florian Chirra, Williams County
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind –The Great Lakes Cover Crops Initiative (GLCCI) invites farmers and crop consultants to attend a cover crop workshop to learn how to incorporate cover crops into your system. This workshop will be held in six locations throughout the GLCCI region. The dates and locations are February 9, Ubly, MI; February15, Dundee, MI; February 16 Frankenmuth, MI; February 17, Allegan, MI; March 3, Elkhart, IN; March 10, Bowling Green, OH. Each workshop will take place from 8:45am to 3:30 pm with registration beginning at 8am. CCA’s can earn CEU’s by attending these workshops.
A general brochure for the February 15th meeting at Cabala’s, Dundee, MI can be found at by clicking on this link and a brochure specific to the March 10 meeting in Bowling Green can be found at this link.
The workshops will include benefits of cover crops, how to choose cover crops, pros and cons of various cover crops, economics involved in implementing cover crops as well as information on nutrient cycling and soil ecology. A panel of farmers will discuss their operations and answer questions. Each participant will be given a selection tool to help them decide which cover crops will work for them. The Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative is a collaborative effort of experts from Michigan State University, the Ohio State University, Purdue University, Ag Conservation Solutions, and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Midwest Cover Crops Council. GLCCI plans to provide technical assistance to farmers in the Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan Watersheds to help them plant cover crops on over fifteen thousand acres. These workshops are the first step toward making that happen. By attending one of these cover crops you will be provided with tools and support to enable you to use cover crops next fall. A registration fee of $20 is required to cover the cost of lunch, snacks and the meeting room.
For more information or to register online, visit CTIC’s Web site: www.ctic.org. The front page has a link to cover crop workshops. You can also download a brochure from the site to send in. For questions call Angie Williams at 765-376-4504 or email@example.com.