For a no-till system to gain the ability to prosper from the organic nutrient pool and gain resilience, cover crops aren’t optional but necessary, says Adam Daugherty, the NRCS district conservationist in Coffee County, Tenn.
At the 2018 National No-Tillage Conference, Daugherty will share results of his district’s 3-year study on cover crops seeded on 18 different farms. He will also discuss benefits to soil biological activity, yields for various crops and the economic payback covers provided on these farms.
Daugherty works annually with over 70 growers covering over 35,000 acres to implement highly diverse cover-crop systems and convert long-term no-till into higher-functioning agro-ecological systems.
In a separate classroom session, Daugherty will reveal up-front planning and strategies for developing biomass that is crucial to ensuring the successful integration of cover crops into no-till operations.
Co-located with the 3rd annual Precision Farming Dealer Summit, the 2018 conference will be held Jan. 9-12 at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky. The 26th annual conference offers 13 general sessions, 24 no-till classrooms and 80 no-till roundtables. Additional discussion topics include the impact of no-till practices on plant nutrition and yield, slowing the growth of herbicide resistance and tips from growers on successfully interseeding cover crops into cash crops. The 2018 program is now available online.
Sponsors making the learning and networking opportunities possible for no-tillers are Ag Leader Technology, The Andersons PureGrade, Case IH, Equipment Technologies (Apache Sprayers), Exapta Solutions, Fennig Equipment, KB Seed Solutions, Montag Mfg., Needham Ag Technologies, Nufarm, Syngenta, Titan International, Verdesian Life Sciences, and Yetter Farm Equipment.