Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Growing Corn and Soybeans in Indiana

I ran across this video about one of our grain farming familys in Indiana.
Get To Know A Grain Farmer
Farmers have always been and are increasingly aware of the environment. As agricultural technology improves and we learn more from science on how we can be better stewards of the land, many farmers have adapted their management. As you view this short (under 3 minutes) video; note that they are planting soybeans in a field with standing corn stalks, i.e. no-till planting. These corn stalks have remained in field, providing a cover (commonly called residue) to minimize soil erosion, over the late fall, winter, and early spring. He mentions the use of filter strips (grass strips between the farm field and a stream/creek) and grassed waterways (a grassy strip that moves water safely off of the field minimizing gully erosion). These grassy areas help trap soil and any pesticides/fertilizers that may be carried off of the field during a rain. So, grab Hoosier-grown popcorn...dim the lights...and enjoy getting to know a grain farmer!

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