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No-Till, Strip-Till & Cover Crop Events
Following is a list of no-till educational events and field days. This listing is free to event organizers. However, the event must be focused on no-till, strip-till or other conservation-tillage practices and is subject to No-Till Farmer's approval.
To submit your event, please e-mail the event's name, date, location and a summary of event highlights — as well as a contact's name, phone number e-mail address, and registration and fee information — to email@example.com.
LIST OF EVENTS
Panhandle No-Till Partnership Tour
August 18-21, 2014 — North Dakota, South Dakota
The Panhandle No-Till Partnership is taking producers on a tour to North and South Dakota to visit with top experts in soil health, no-till crop and forage production. The tour begins at 8 a.m. on Aug. 18 at Mark Watson's farm, located at 1561 CR 61 in Alliance, Neb., 4 miles east of Berea. Attendees will then travel to Bismarck, N.D., and tour local farms and ranches in Burleigh County, as well as visit the Menoken Research Farm. The final visit will take place at the Dakota Lakes Research farm before heading back to the Watson farm. For more details about the tour, visit the PNTP Web site.
Cost is $125, which includes all transportation and lodging for attendees willing to double on room occupancy; for single-room occupancy it is $225. Participants will be responsible for their own meals.
Deadline to register is Aug. 1 and seating is limited. To register, contact the office of the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District at 308-432-6190.
Soil Health Workshop
August 19, 2014 — Stafford, N.Y.
The Soil Health Workshop, organized by area county soil & water conservation districs, NRCS, Cornell Cooperative Extension, WNY Crop Management and area farms, will begin with registration at 3 p.m. and take place at Donn Branton’s farm in Stafford, N.Y. The event will feature many talks on improving crop production, soil health and the environment in an effort to illustrate how they can all work together.
Speakers for the event lasting until 8 p.m. will include: Frank Gibbs on unlocking the secrets of soil, Eric Kaiser on using cover crops in tough northern climates, David Degoyler on Adapt-N for fine tuning nitrogen applications on corn and Carol MacNeil on the Cornell Soil Health Test and what it can tell you about your soils.
The workshop will also feature a farmer panel on building soil health, a chance to view reduced tillage and cover crop seeding/interseeding equipment and a pulled pork dinner.
Pre-registration costs $5.00 and night-of registration costs $10.00. To register for the event and for more information, contact Dennis Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-589-5959.
Soil Health Field Day
August 21, 2014 — Mooreton, N.D.
The North Dakota State University Extension Service will host a soil health field day on Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Bagg Bonanza Farm that focuses on tools that can be used to improve soil health and manage salinity using a whole-system approach. A soil pit will also demonstrate how individual species and mixes of cover crops look belowground.
The field day will go from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m and will feature the following:
- Discussion with a local grower who's using cover crops to build soil health and build improvement water management
- Setting goals and choosing cover crop mixes that will meet the needs of the grower
- Demonstrations of best management practices for erosion control
- How to use the NDSU Pest Management app
-Visit to the NDSU Soil Health Agriculture Research Extension farm to learn about the tools needed to a actively manage saline soils, such as soil and field testing, and different water management approaches
Registration goes from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Pre-registration is $20 and $30 the day of the field day. Costs include lunch and dinner. Visit to register. Contact Niki Lynnes at 701-231-8881 or email@example.com with any questions.
Soil Health, 4R, Cover Crop Tour Of David Brandt's Farm
August 21, 2014 — Carroll, Ohio
A Soil Health, 4R and Cover Crop Tour will go to David Brandt's farm on Aug. 21. The 5-hour tour of Brandt's farm includes a meal and a free Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide. The bus will leave the Extension parking lot next to the Putnam County fairgrounds at 7 a.m. and expects to return around 5 p.m.
Registration is $20 and must be received by Aug. 7 for a bus seat reservation. Space will be limited after Aug. 7. For more details and to register, contact the Putnam County Extension office at 419-523-6294.
Wheat Drilling Clinics
August 21 & 22 — Goodland, Kan.
No-till on the Plains and the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association will offer two wheat drilling clinics with Phil Needham on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22. These all-day events will cover the benefits and challenges of popular drills, and discuss after-market improvements to drills to boost performance and yield.
Registration is $150 if paid by Friday, Aug. 15, and increases to $160 afterward. Cost includes lunch, materials and the Needham Ag 2014 Wheat Management Guide. Each day is limited to 75 participants. Sign up online at www.highplainsnotill.com (see the right column).
CCSI Farming For Soil Health: Power Of Soil Biology
August 22, 2014 — Muncie, Ind.
Ray Archuleta and Barry Fisher of the NRCS team up with CCSI farmer Mike Werling to help attendees understand How Soil Functions; How Soil Health Affects Nutrient Cycling; and a farmer's perspective on Conservation Cropping Systems, Soil Health and Water Quality.
The event is free but seating is limited. Registration is required by Aug. 15. Register here or call 765-747-7732.
CCSI: As The Worm Turns, A Soil Health Saga
August 25, 2014 — Greensburg, Ind.
The Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative is hosting a field day on Aug. 22 at Roger Wenning's farm from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Frank Gibbs of Wetland and Soil Consulting Service will make long-term no-till/cover-cropped soils "smoke" to demonstrate earthworm effects on soil quality and internal drainage. Other speakers include Barry Fisher of NRCS, and CCSI's Hans Kok, who will man soil pits and a rain simulator.
The event is free but registration is limited. Sign up by Aug. 20 at www.WenningFieldDay14.eventrbrite.com.
No-Till/Cover Crop Field Day
August 27, 2014 — Richardson County, Neb.
A no-till/cover crop field day will take place at Tom Howe's farm on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Continuously no-tilling for about 20 years, Howe's farm will have different cover crop combinations for the field day for evaluation following wheat harvest. Topics include cover crops and the impact on soil and following crops; soil health and using the Haney test; and how different cover crops are used in cropping system. There will also be demonstrations of various soil test, including soil infiltration, runoff and discussions on other soil properties.
The field day goes from 10 a.m. to lunch, with registration and refreshments starting at 9:30 a.m. The field day is free but pre-registration is requested to plan for lunch. For any questions or to register, contact Gary Lesoing at 402-274-4755.
From The East: 5 miles west of Hwy 75 on 718 Rd from the Stella corner.
From The South: From Humboldt 634 Ave and Hwy 4 (intersection just west of Humboldt Implement Case IH) go 4 miles north to 718 Rd.
Improved Soil Improves Profits Workshop
August 28-29, 2014 — Lyon and Coffey Counties Kan.
The Eagle Creek Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) is hosting an agricultural workshop on Aug. 28 and 29 at Lyon and Coffey Counties, respectively.
The workshop begins the evening of Thursday, Aug. 28 in Olpe with dinner and four speakers: Morris County producer Shawn Tiffany, Dow AgroSciences, Kansas State agronomist DeAnn Presley and Star Seed agronomist Dale Strickler. Topics include alternative livestock forage, herbicide application programs, cover crops and soil health.
The following morning will begin at 8 a.m. at the Kansas State plots located at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation land. The agenda is flexible and will allow growers to ask specific questions. Two of the speakers from Thursday night will be present.
Registration starts on Thursday at 5 p.m. Pre-register for dinner by contacting the Kelsey Fuller Lyon County Conservation District at 620-343-2813 ext. 3. Thursday evening will be held at 120 W Listerscheid St. in Olpes, and Friday morning will be located at Oxen Lane and 16th Coffey County, near Wolf Creek.
Keystone Cover Crops, Soil Health,
And Value-Adding With Diversity Workshop
September 4, 2014 — Atlanta, Ill.
This workshop/field day, held at Dave Bishop's PrairiErth Farm, will showcase three ongoing research projects being conducted as well as other conservation practices. Bishop will discuss the three-crop system he's using, and other value-adding techniques. Other topics to be discussed include balancing micronutrients; the role of cover crops in fertility; attracting bees as beneficial insects; conservation practices beneficial to wildlife; and understanding relative contribution of individual cover crop species to soil health.
The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch is included. The event will be held one half mile west of PrairiErth Farm on 2000th Blvd. Contact the Illinois Stewardship Alliance to RSVP at 217-528-1563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
23rd Annual National No-Tillage Conference
January 14-17, 2015 — Cincinnati, Ohio
The 23rd Annual National No-Tillage Conference will be held Jan. 14-17, 2015 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 4-day program will feature 17 general session speakers, 29 classrooms, 75 roundtables and hours of hallway networking.
Register by Jan. 31, 2014, and receive the discounted rate of $229 — a $130 savings off the onsite rate. Online registration will open shortly, but registration forms can currently be downloaded and faxed or mailed in. For hotel reservations, contact the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, located at 35 W. Fifth St. in Cincinnati, at 1-800-445-8667 and mention the "National No-Tillage Conference" to receive the $104 per night rate.
More information will become available at NoTillConference.com.