The June 30 afternoon strip-till field day sponsored by Iowa State University Extension, near Calumet, Iowa, kicks off with a free lunch starting at 12 p.m. (noon).
From 1 to 2 p.m., a panel of four experienced strip-tillers and an ag retailer will explain how they make strip-till work in their operation, what they’ve learned in recent years and will then answer questions from the audience.
The strip-tillers are Tom and Jim Wagner, from who farm by Calumet, crop and pork producer Dana Sleezer of Aurelia and Don VerMeer, who farms near Boyden. Veteran Calumet ag retailer Craig Struve who’s been involved in custom strip-tilling rounds out the panel.
From 2 p.m. to approximately 4 p.m., attendees can compare strip-till and no-till plots, meet with representatives of 9 strip-till equipment manufacturers, who will have equipment at the field day, and view a strip-till manure applicator.
The companies with strip-till equipment who have indicated they will be at the field day are: Brokaw Ag Supply, Blu-Jet; Davis Equipment Co., Case IH; Dawn Equipment Co.; Heartland Ag Systems, Ag Systems; Hiniker Company; Icon Ag, John Deere; Orthman Manufacturing Co.; Remlinger Manufacturing; and Yetter Manufacturing.
The field day will be held at Iowa State’s Northwest Iowa Experimental Farm, which is ¼ mile east of Highway 29 on County Road B-62, about 2 miles south of Calumet. The strip-till afternoon field day follows the Northwest Iowa Research Farm Field Day, which starts at 9:30 am. at the same location.
For more information about these events, contact Joel De Jong, ISU Extension agronomist at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (712) 546-7835.