Local soil and water conservation districts planning workshop

As part of their 2015 Clean Water Indiana grant, the soil and water conservation districts in Clark, Jackson, Jefferson and Scott counties will have a prevented planting and cover crops workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 at Scottsburg.

This free workshop is aimed at landowners whose crop acreage was affected by the recent floods, either by causing the crop to fail or go unplanted, according to a news release.

Speakers include Dennis Brown with Byron Seed Company, who will give insight on what can be done with prevented plant or failed crop acreage; Tim Schwipps and Ruth Hackman, Natural Resource Conservation District conservationists, who will discuss maintaining soil health on those acres, and how cover crops can assist with that; and Steve Riley with Riley-Gasper Crop Insurance Agency, who will answer questions on how insurance works in a prevented plant/failed crop situation.

Information will also be provided about incentive funds available to assist landowners interested in planting cover crops.

The workshop will be at the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District office at 656 S. Boatman Road.

Light refreshments will be provided. Walk-ins are welcome but space is limited. Call the Scott County office at 812-752-2269, Ext. 3, to reserve your seat.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.