Indiana conservationist recommends planting cover crops

For washed out or flooded areas, Indiana state conservationist Jane Hardisty said farmers must think about preparing fields for the 2016 planting season.

"Get something growing out there over the winter," she said. "Break up that compaction layer and get ready for next spring so farmers can come in and plant they crop they want."

Hardisty said cover crops help repair some of the damage done to fields this year that were left unplanted or were washed out due to flooding. To find the right cover crop program, farmers should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

"Tell them your circumstances," she said. "They can tell you what kind of mixture of good cover crop is needed and if there are any programs available for cost share."

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