Soil & Water
Wed, Dec 18, 2019
8:00am to 8:50am
Soil & Water
Wed, Dec 18, 2019
1:00pm to 1:50pm
Real Life Conservation: One Farmers Perspective - Morgan Brothers LLC is an operation consisting of 4 partners with nearly 2700 acres in West Central Illinois and East Central Illinois that spans nearly 40 miles from end to end. Over the past 8-10 years they have incorporated cover crops and other stewardship practices into their 100% no-till operation across 80% of their acres on a wide range of soil types from prairie soils to rolling silt loam soils to sandy soils. Carter Morgan of Morgan Brothers LLC and Betsy Bower, Agronomist with Ceres Solutions will discuss their journey and some of the learnings they have had along the way.
For more than 20 years, Betsy Bower has been a trusted agronomic voice in the Indiana agriculture community. Betsy works as a professional Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) for Ceres Solutions Cooperative, a large retailer operating more than 40 agronomy service locations across Indiana and into Michigan. Betsy’s areas of expertise include working with no-till and no-till and conventional customers on improving their cropping system regarding nutrient management and and crop protection. Betsy brings a degree in agronomy from Purdue University and a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of NE. For almost 10 years she has been instrumental in developing success strategies for farmers in the areas of conservation agronomy and resource management. Betsy is trusted to help develop programs nutrient management, cover crops and irrigation management. Her irrigation programs utilize soil moisture probes and tissue analysis to help her guide customers on irrigation and fertigation decisions. Betsy resides with her family in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and she travels the entire Ceres Solutions trade area in her work serving local farmers.
Morgan Brothers LLC is 100% no-till with approximately 90% of their row crop acres having cover crops on them. Brian and Darrell began no tilling soybeans in the early 1990’s and went 100% no-till in 2006. Cover crops began on the farm in 2011 with about 150 acres and have steadily grown from year to year. In the last couple of years the operation has had over 2,000 acres of cover every fall.
In January of 2017, Carter took on another endeavor with the Parke and Vermillion County Soil and Water Conservation Districts as a Soil Health Consultant. Some of his tasks include, meeting with farmers and landowners to promote and establish soil health principles on land in Parke and Vermillion Counties, dissect information that growers get from INField Advantage, and hold group meetings to help growers communicate with one another in small casual settings. In, September of 2019 his territory increased and crossed the state line into Illinois to help facilitate peer networks in Vermilion and Edgar Counties in Illinois.
Carter is very passionate about conservation farming, specifically cover crops. He will tell you that he is very similar to most farmers who farm because he is farming like his dad and uncle do. The only exception is that all he has known is no-till and cover crops.