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Back from Indiana

After a weekend at the Grundy County 4-H Fair it was off to West Lafayette to the campus of Purdue for the CSCAP annual meeting. We learned of the progress being made in the core platforms of sustainable corn production in a changing environment. We are two and a half years into the multi-disciplinary grant combining scientists and farmers to create a suite of practices for corn based systems that:
  • are resilient in times of drought
  • reduce soil and nutrient losses under saturated soil conditions
  • reduce farm field nitrogen losses
  • retain carbon in the soil
  • ensure crop and soil productivity
Visit the web site for more information on the project

While at Purdue we had the opportunity to visit the Beck Ag Center and scout Indiana crops. I saw excellent crops on my return trip until I reached Rt 52 in north eastern Illinois that has not received the rain other areas have, Anxious to return to the NIARC tomorrow to see where our crops are at after a week of growth.

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