Agriculture News

March 30, 2016  

Purdue debuts mobile-friendly cover crops series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A new Purdue Extension series of online publications enables farmers to peruse expert-reviewed information on cover crops straight from their smartphones.

The series presents mobile-friendly versions of Extension publications on a variety of issues, including how to integrate cover crops into a corn-soybean rotation, how to use cover crops for prevented planting acres and how to terminate cover crops.

"The mobile device is now an essential part of agricultural production," said Ron Turco, professor of agronomy and head of the project. "Commodity prices, weather updates and critical information are now available wherever you need it. Indiana's farming community will soon also have ready access to Purdue's best production information."

Farmers can access the series at

The online cover crops publications are the first installment of Purdue's Indiana Soil and Water series, which aims to give growers easy-to-use tools and expert information on nutrient, soil and water management and is tailored to Indiana growing conditions.

With a format designed for smartphones, the series will help drive effective and responsible decisions about Indiana soils and provide the knowledge needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of our state's agriculture systems, said Turco, who is also assistant dean for agricultural and environmental research. 

Writer:  Natalie van Hoose, 765-496-2050,

Source: Ron Turco, 765-494-8077,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
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