Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Agriculture

September 14, 2013

Wenning farm hosts soil specialists Experts discuss cover crops, farming's future

GREENSBURG – Award winning local farmer Roger Wenning knows a thing or two about getting the most out of his expansive fields.

Having spent decades experimenting with the most efficient way to make his farm a success, Wenning’s methods, particularly in the use of cover crops, have gained him notoriety and recognition throughout the state as one of the best in his profession.

With that in mind, the 2013 iteration of the Indiana Association of Professional Soil Classifiers Fall Tour, seems like a natural fit for the Wenning farm. Roger and family hosted approximately 70 soil specialists from across the Hoosier State Friday, bringing together some of the top minds in Indiana for a look at farming’s present as well as its future at the Wennings’ Greensburg farm.

The workshop, which was organized by resource soil scientist Dena Marshall, allowed Wenning and several others to give technical presentations regarding soil health and sustainability to a group of experts hailing from nearly every corner of the state.

Marshall, who represented the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), told the Daily News the workshop “provides a learning opportunity for soil science.” Marshall said Wenning’s farm is considered a Soil Health “Hub” Farm due to Roger’s “progressive innovation” and his willingness to share his successes – and failures – with his colleagues. To that end, Wenning gave a presentation Friday morning centered on his mentoring, the history of his farm and the techniques he’s using to bring about impressive yields.

Jane Hardisty, state conservationist with the USDA and NRCS, called Wenning “one of our best farmers” and cited his use of cover crops, precision farming, nutrition management and no-till farming as instruments that have led to his success.

“He’s one of our outstanding conservation farmers,” Hardisty said of her host. “He loves to share; he wants to share … He stands out as a real leader in this state.”

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