Cover Crops Field Day Set for March 26, 2015

By: Contributor Last Updated: March 6, 2015

Purdue-ExtensionThe 2015 Cover Crops Field Day set for March 26 in Westville will provide attendees with information on cover crop seeding methods, use in conservation no-till systems, and nutrients in tile systems. Cover crop management, use of the herbicide classification chart and drones in agriculture will also be covered.

The program, hosted by La Porte and Porter County Soil & Water Conservation Districts, USDA-NRCS, and Purdue Extension, will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CDT, beginning in the Family Life Center of Westville United Methodist Church, 154 W. Main St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. CDT.

“The speakers bring a range of expertise and will provide agricultural producers, landowners, and agribusinesses timely information about benefits of cover crops used in conservation cropping systems to soil health,” said Eugene Matzat, Purdue Extension educator in La Porte County and a program organizer.

Speakers are Tony Bailey, NRCS State Conservation Agronomist; Jamie Scott, Vice President, Indiana Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts and partner of Scott Farms, Pierceton, IN; Keith Baker, Baker Ag Services, and Eugene Matzat, La Porte County Extension Educator.

Weather permitting, an afternoon visit to nearby farm fields planted to cover crops will provide a hands-on opportunity to see the effects of cover crops on the soil. Experts will dig into fields of established cover crops to examine roots, earthworms, soil structure and organic matter.

Private applicator recertification program (PARP) credit, continuing certification hours (CCH) for commercial applicators, and continuing education units (CEU) for certified crop advisers have been requested. Participants seeking PARP credit must attend morning sessions from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and bring their PA license and $10 for PARP fee.

The program is sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, Valparaiso Branch. A catered lunch will be provided. Reservations are required by March 20. For more information and to RSVP, contact the La Porte County Extension Office at 219-324-9407 or email Eugene Matzat at If you have a disability that requires special assistance for your participation in the meeting, please use the same contact information.

More information about this and other programs are available on the Purdue Extension – La Porte County website at”