SWCS
November 20, 2017

Tours

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The National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health is pleased to offer participants optional farm tours as part of this event. These tours are an opportunity to visit several farm operations in the area utilizing cover crops and soil health practices. Seating is limited, so be sure to register early to secure a spot. SWCS reserves the right to cancel a tour that does not have the minimum number of participants and to change the maximum number of participants. Late fees apply if you register after November 7, 2017.

Friday, December 8, 2017
12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Tour 1: Measuring Water Quality Benefits of Soil Health Management Systems
Little Ireland Farms and M & J Starkey Farms, Brownsburg, Indiana

Attendees of this tour will see and hear from researchers and conservation professionals comparing the impacts of conventionally tilled farming systems, no-till/cover-crop farming systems, and urban-residential area on water quality in a nine square mile watershed. For over five years, Little Ireland Farms and M & J Starkey Farms have been the sites of extensive water quality research in the School Branch watershed. Nested in the Eagle Creek watershed, School Branch eventually drains into Eagle Creek Reservoir, a primary drinking water source for Indianapolis. The tour will highlight monitoring installations including: edge-of-field monitoring, bioreactors, stream gauges, monitoring wells, soil moisture probes, and weather stations—the combination of which allows for in-depth research on the impacts of soil health practices. Participants will have the option to purchase a box lunch, which will be provided once aboard the shuttle.  

Please wear appropriate footwear for in-field walking and clothing appropriate for central Indiana winters. An alternate indoor facility will be used if the weather is inclement.

Friday, December 8, 2017
12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Tour 2: Economic Opportunities of Soil Health Management Systems
Rulon Enterprises, Arcadia, Indiana


Participants of this tour will have the opportunity to hear more from Ken and Rodney Rulon on the economic returns of cover crops and their overall strategy to implement a highly sustainable production system that provides excellent yields, minimal environmental impact, and improved resilience in their soils. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour research plots and hear results of long-term cover crop research on the Rulon farm. Rodney, Ken, and Roy Rulon own the fourth-generation family farming operation. The operation includes more than 6,000 acres of no-till corn and soybeans, a farrow-to-finish hog operation, seed dealership, a subscription-based agriculture discussion group, and a custom drainage design and installation business. Participants will have the option to purchase a box lunch, which will be provided once aboard the shuttle.  

The bulk of this tour will be held in a heated farm shop; however, we recommend you wear appropriate footwear for in-field walking and clothing appropriate for Indiana winters.

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