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Indiana continues to be a national leader in conservation

The latest Conservation Transect Report shows Indiana continues be a national leader in conservation.                                                                                  

Indiana State Conservationist Jane Hardisty says for the second year in a row there were more than 1 million acres of cover crops planted in Indiana. 

She says the survey shows farmers value cover crops and are making investments beyond what is funded by the Farm Bill.  “For every acre that we know of that farmers use government dollars to put in as cost share, they put in 4 to 5 acres on their own,” she says.  “Without any program assistance.”

She tells Brownfield despite the down farm economy – farmers still see value implementing conservation practices.  “Farmers are recognizing that they’re putting in less input in dollars, but they’re also getting higher yields,” she says.  “I just think that’s really starting to make a big difference.”

The survey also analyzes fall tillage and residue trends.  No-till soybean acres increased 10 percent last year to 67 percent and no-till corn acres increased slightly to 58 percent.

The transect is a collaboration between several Indiana ag and conservation groups to collect data on tillage methods, cover crop uses, and conservation efforts in the state.

AUDIO: Jane Hardisty, Indiana state conservationist

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