Profile of our Cover Crops project at Westville High School

Back on September 28th, Westville High School biology students, and LaPorte SWCD staff had the good fortune of collaborating with Cisco Seed agronomist, Dave Robison, who is helping us demonstrate the value of cover crops with a test-plot next to the school’s athletic fields.  

The project is a multi-part effort to demonstrate the value of cover crops to area farm producers.  Our first step involved seeding the soybean field (check out our pictures and video from the day); next, we’ll hold an indoor workshop with details on cover crop applications on November 17th (check out our website for details) followed by a quick tour of the seven-week old crops of oil-seed radishes and annual rye.  Finally, we’ll host area producers again in the spring and dig a root pit to reveal the incredible biological benefits of these crops deep underground.  Stay tuned for these future workshops, and call or email the office today to attend out breakfast workshop on 11/17/11.

Can the students spread the cover crops effectively?  Watch the action – farmer conservationists in the making …

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