- CCSI is farmer-focused and farmer-driven;
- CCSI values knowledge based, farmer-proven solutions;
- CCSI values the strength of grassroots leadership;
- CCSI values improving soil health – the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans;
- CCSI values building an additive, synergistic, systems approach to improving soil health;
CCSI envisions an Indiana:
- With healthy and productive soils;
- With clean water;
- With profitable and resilient agriculture;
- With healthy, diverse ecosystems;
- Where our communities embrace a conservation ethic;
At CCSI, it is our mission to improve soil health on Indiana cropland.
Extreme weather events (drought, floods, etc.) pose challenges to crop production by Indiana’s farmers. Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Dan DeSutter and Blake Vince will be discussing challenges of extreme weather and building resilient crops. This three-day event will take place August 8, 9 & 10. Below are flyers and registration links containing specifics regarding each individual session.
The 2016-2017 Cover Crop survey is now available for farmers to take. This survey helps collect data from across the country on the benefits of cover crops on yield vs conventional fields along with many other benefits. Read the article to learn more and where to fill out the survey
Are you seeing armyworm moths in your cover crops, especially in cereal rye? You’re not alone! There are reports of high armyworm moth counts throughout Indiana, so scouting will be important this season. For information on armyworms and other pests affecting crops, subscribe to the Pest and Crop Newsletter by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe at the bottom of the newsletter. Click the link below to subscribe to the newsletter.
In this free webinar, NRCS West Regional Soil Health Team Leader Jennifer Moore-Kucera explains how living organisms in your farm soils can help improve crop production. viewers can learn how soil organisms are involved with all aspects of how soils function, management practices that protect soil organisms’ habitat and more!
Dr. Linda Prokopy and Belyna Bentlage of Purdue University described sustainablilty in agriculture in their guest blog post as “an urgent and recognized need”. Click the link below to read the rest of the blog.
Facebook Live Video Feed
As of this year, CCSI has began testing live video feed at events. The goal of using Facebook Live is so people who are unable to attend these events or live too far away can still receive information and interact with the speaker through live video feed.
A Cover Crop Explosion
From 2011 to 2015, the adoption of cover crops in Indiana grew from just under 200,000 acres to over 1.1 million acres. Around 11% of Indiana’s crop land was planted to cover crops for the 2016 season (cover crops seeded in fall 2015 for the 2016 cropping season).
Still, much is left to be learned about this important soil health practice.