FRANKTON, Ind. — A small, but growing number of Indiana farmers are taking a new route to organic transition. By taking advantage of a soil health management system, these growers are finding a pathway forward to greater environmental sustainability. To help other farmers learn from their experiences and to answer the tough questions on adapting a soil health system for organic transitions, Shuter Sunset Farms, Inc. will host a field day at their Frankton, Indiana location on September 6, 2018.
Mike, Brian & Patrick Shuter and other producers will share their insight into how building soil organic matter and soil health is helping them transition into organic production, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and build their soil’s resiliency to extreme weather events.
The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at Shuter Sunset Farms, 7400 N 400 W, Frankton, IN.
This field day will include:
- An overview of the Shuter Sunset Farms parallel operation of strip-till corn, no-till soybeans and no-till wheat, along with organic production of those same crops
- New specialized equipment developed by Shuter’s for organic no-till production for non-invasive cultivation, and new equipment developed by Dawn Bio-Till for organic production
- In-field tours of organic production, cover crop uses, and indicators of soil health
- Soil health farmer panel and Q & A
- Information booths during lunch and after farmer panel
Soil health systems and organic production are not mutually exclusive terms – and they are not the same on every farm. Learning from other farmers in organic and/or soil health systems will provide opportunities to adapt their knowledge and experience to your own operation.
This field day is being co-sponsored by the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI), the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Soil Health Partnership. Please register for this field day and complimentary lunch:
By phone: Courtney Pruitt, Madison Co SWCD 765-644-4249 x3
— Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
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