The soils you stand upon and farm not only are critical to your livelihood, but they produce the food that feeds the world. Kristine Nichols and Sjoerd Duiker will provide you a deeper understanding of how soils work, what you can do to protect them and how you can make them more productive through no-till at the 21st annual National No-Tillage Conference. The event will be held Jan. 9 to 12 at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, Ind.
A soil microbiologist with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, Nichols has studied arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi – a plant-root symbiont. Her most recent work involves the investigation of glomalin – a substance produced by AM fungi. Glomalin contributes to nutrient cycling by protecting AM hyphae transporting nutrients from the soil to the plant and to soil structure and plant health by helping to form and stabilize soil aggregates. Nichols will exlain the impacts of management strategies, such as crop rotation, tillage practices, organic production, cover crops and livestock grazing, on soil aggregation, water relationships and glomalin.
The soils specialist at Penn State University, Duiker will share ideas on how to move away from rotational tillage and identify practices to help farmers move toward a pure no-till system. Duiker has studied the effect of no-tillage and tillage on soil physical properties, how soil compaction affects soil and crops, what effect crop rotation plays in maintaining soil quality and the benefits and challenges of cover crops. He will also provide a classroom session on cover crops for livestock and corn silage producers, as well as other unique cover-crop practices no-tillers ought to consider.
Previously announced speakers include:
Alex and John Young
John Young can remember when his father, Harry Young Jr., no-tilled the first 0.3 acres of corn on his Herndon, Ky, farm in 1962. Some 50 years later, the second-generation no-tiller and his son, Alexander, will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 National No-Tillage Conference. The Youngs will relay some of the things they've learned about no-till through the years and how it's important to their farming success during. In addition, they will deliver a classroom session on how to effectively no-till double-crop soybeans.
More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Make sure to take advantage of our Early Bird savings by registering online today.
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