Find out how to keep your soil (and your nutrients) right here at home.
The Midwest. From scenic countrysides north to south, families have spent generations caring for their land. Passed from one caretaker to the next, each field of Hoosier heritage represents lots of hard work and help from the elements. Previous generations chose this perfect Midwest location for many reasons. Now, it’s today’s farmer that must make sure the land settled by their grandparents and great grandparents stays put. Keeping the soils that settled here generations before safe and sound for generations to come, well, that’s us taking pride in where we’re from. After all, the Midwest is best!
What can we do?
It is recommended that you test your soil pH and nutrient levels at a minimum every 4 years. Understanding your nutrient levels helps determine nutrient needs and develop a plan — which helps you pay for exactly what you need, where you need it, when you need it!
Cover crops can be a significant opportunity to impact yields, bottom lines, soil health and ultimately, water quality. Utilizing cover crops ensures your soils stay right where they’re needed for this year’s cropping season and for generations to come.
Why does this matter to you?
- You utilize crop insurance
- You like getting discounts on insurance
- You prefer to keep the nutrients you paid for right where you left them
- You settled here and you’re staying put — you want your soil to do the same
Application is now open,
Eligible counties: Delaware, Hamilton, Henry, Madison, Randolph, and Tipton, unless otherwise noted.
For more information, click here.
*Cover crops must have been planted in 2020, ahead of the 2021 growing season. Only acres that are not receiving cost share funding from other sources are eligible. Include select counties with a cap at 500 acres per participant. Discount is available on a first come, first served basis.
Application deadline is March 1, 2021.
- Split nitrogen application to reduce input costs and prevent over-application (Right Amount)
- Consider the form of nitrogen being applied and the risk of loss (Right Source)
- Use in-season diagnostic tools such as PSNTs, tissue sampling, aerial imagery or digital modeling tools to adjust or split nitrogen applications
- Avoid fall application of N due to increased risk of loss, which may result in lower crop yields (Right Time)
- Pair manure applications with a living green cover to hold nutrients in soil (Right Place)
- Reducing passes, depth, speed and/or actions that disturb soil keeps nutrients in place for their intended use.
- Utilizing tillage methods like no-till and strip-till encourages nutrient retention.
- Avoid deep tillage to reduce soil erosion and preserve organic matter
- Reduced tillage can lower fuel use and labor costs
Partnerships for Success
Learn more about resource partners that work with farmers and landowners that provide programs to make soil health management easy.