2014-03-29 / Editorials & Letters

Cover crop update

Editor:

As the second year of the Buckeye Lake Nutrient Reduction Project comes to an end, we would like to thank all the farmers and landowners for their support and participation in better understanding our streams and the use of cover crops in the Buckeye Lake Watershed.

We believe that the area regularly has a higher than average percentage of fields planted to winter wheat. The individual field trials that have occurred with cereal rye broadcast by plane or drilled in the fields has gotten the agriculture community talking about where cover crops fit into their mix of long-term conservation planning techniques.

We know that our area farmers are not over applying nutrients and desire to be part of the solution for improving the water quality in the lake. The Buckeye Lake Community is among the leaders in the State when it comes to nutrient issues and our work and understanding of these issues has just begun.

If anyone is interested in learning more about cover crops, the Brandt Farm Field Day will be held on April 10 near Carroll in Fairfield County. The daylong event costs $50 and you should call 330-475-6352 to register.

Jonathan Ferbrache
Resource Specialist
Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation

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