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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIST OF EVENTS
Green Cover Seed Field Day
September 16, 2014 — Bladen, Neb.
Green Cover Seed is hosting a free field day on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. Attendees will look at double-cropped sunflowers planted with a high diversity of companion cover crops after triticale. The field day will also look at covers flown onto hailed corn, and other summer-planted plots. The field day will take place at the field 1 mile east of Bladen and a meal will follow. No RSVP is required, but let the company know ahead of time if you'd like to pick up seed.
Soil Health Bus Tour
September 16, 2014 — South Dakota
Serving as a follow-up to the soil health workshops hosted last winter, the Soil Health Bus Tour will visit the USDA-ARS Research Farm, the Alverson Family farm, and the South Dakota State University Southeast Research Farm. The tour begins at 1 p.m. at the USDA research farm, located at 3714 Western Ave., 1.5 miles north of the junction of South Dakota Hwy 14 and Western Ave., near Brookings. An evening meal is planned for the end of the day. There is limited transportation, so attendees may have to drive their own vehicle or carpool with others.
RSVP is required, so contact Anthony Bly at email@example.com or 605-782-3290.
Soil Health Partnership Field Day
September 16, 2014 — Decatur, Ill.
This is one of several field days the Soil Health Partnership is hosting this fall.
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, corn growers David, Joe and Chase Brown will host the field day at their farm near Decatur. Running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event will focus on the benefits of soil health and advanced nutrient management, cover crop integration in corn systems, and new equipment for seeding covers. The event will take place regardless of weather conditions.
Registration will occur on site at 3965 Strawn Rd., located on the northwest side of Decatur. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be served.
Additional field days continued to be added to the schedule. For the most current listing of field days and locations, visit the Soil Health Partnership website.
Cover Crop & Soil Health Workshop
September 17, 2014 — Helena, Mont.
The Lewis & Clark Conservation District is hosting a cover crop and soil health workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Helena. The workshop will start at 8:30 a.m. and wil focus on soil health, utilizing cover crops in cropping and grazing operations, and the new technology for harnessing tractor exhaust and using it to enhance soil health. There will also be field tours.
The workshop is $10 and registration is due by Friday, Sept. 5. Contact Chris Evans at 406-449-5000 ext. 112 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NDSU Workshop: Management Tools For Saline and Sodic Soils
September 17, 2014 — DeLamere, N.D.
North Dakota State University is hosting a workshop on salinity and sodic soils at the Speich Seed Shop off of North Dakota Highway 13 near DaLamere. Portions of the workshop will take place at the Wehlander Farm, which attendees will be bused to.
- What to expect with salinity
- Salinity management options
- Where the salts are in the soil profile
- Other issues you may find in your fields (observed in soil pits)
- Basics of sodic soils
- Identifying the issue and management options
The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included. Register by Sept. 15 by contacting the Sargent County Extension office at 701-724-3355 ext. 5.
NDSU Workshop: Salinity Management
September 19, 2014 — Grand Forks, N.D.
North Dakota State University is hosting a Salinity Management workshop on Friday, Sept. 19, at the Burkland farm southwest of Grand Forks. The workshop will focus on salinity measurements and management options, such as cropping systems and tiling. Participants will get to see how cover crops look below ground in soil pits and learn how to improve soil health.
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Please pre-register by Sept. 16 by calling the Grand Forks County Extension office 701-780-8229.
DIRECTIONS: From U.S. Highway 2, go south four miles on County Road 5, then go 1.5 miles west on 14th Ave. North East.
Carolina Cover Crops Workshop
October 3, 2014 — Greenville, S.C.
Led by Clemson University Extension Agents, the Carolina Cover Crops workshop will cover how cover crops are beneficial, the difference in a cover crop and green manure, when to seed covers, crop choices by season, and when to terminate. There will be a hands-on portion so attendees should bring gloves.
The workshop will go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roper Mountain Science Center. Registration is $75 and includes the class, course materials and lunch. Register online here. Contact Millie Davenport with any questions at 864-656-9999 or email@example.com.
Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Workshop
October 28-29, 2014 — Jonesboro, Ark.
The 2014 Agricultural Cover Crops Conference will be held at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center on Oct. 28-29. Sessions include no-till, cover crop management, soil management, water management, pest management, and economics. Certified crop advisors can earn continuing education units.
The workshop is $75 per person if registered by Oct.15, and increases to $100 after that date. For more information, contact Debbie Moreland at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Lee at 501-501-3173.
Green Cover Seed Soil Health School
November 20, 2014 — Bladen, Neb.
Green Cover Seed will host a soil health workshop on Nov. 20 in Bladen. Featuring Dwayne Beck and Wendy Taheri, the event will focus on mycorrhizal associations and their importance to crops, nutrients and soil health; crop rotations, alternative crops and cover crops. There will also be a working demonstration of KEK Oil Press crushing farm-grown sunflowers.
More information will become available.
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.
70th Annual International SWCS Conference
July 26-29, 2015 — Greensboro, N.C.
The 70th Annual International SWCS Conference will be held at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro on July 26 -29. More information will become available as it's announced.