Conferences will help farmers use no-till successfully
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension will provide corn and soybean producers with information on how to be successful using no-till farming practices at the Nebraska No-Till Conference.
The conference is from 9:25 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at UNL's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead; from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Valley Ag Complex in Ord; and from 9:25 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Ag Center in Holdrege. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the ARDC and Holdrege and at 10 a.m. in Ord.
Conference organizers, UNL Extension educators Keith Glewen and Chuck Burr, and Paul Jasa, UNL Extension engineer, say producers will learn the benefits of no-till and how it can work for them.
Speakers include no-till farmers, university specialists and industry representatives.
Sjoerd Willem Duiker, associate professor of soil management, crop and soil sciences at Pennsylvania State University will present "Soil Structure Compaction and No-Till."
Paul Ackley, a no-till farmer from Bedford, Iowa, will speak at the conference about his practical experience with no-till. He has experimented many years to find the right stubble and cover crop rotation for his soybean and corn fields.
Scott Sloan, a product engineering manager for Des Moines, Iowa-based Titan Tire Corporation, will discuss the impact of no-till on tires from a manufacturer's perspective in his "Where Ag Tires Fear to Tread" presentation.
Resistant weed management in no-till will be covered by Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed specialist.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International agronomy trials managers Chris Zwiener and Jon Propheter will share information about what precision ag technology is key in no-till farming.
The ARDC and Holdrege conferences also include a farmer panel discussion.
To register for the ARDC conference, call 402-624-8030 or 800-529-8030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for the Ord conference, call 308-728-5071 or email email@example.com.
To register for the Holdrege conference, call 308-995-4222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online registration is available at http://ardc.unl.edu/no-till.shtml.
There is no fee for this conference, courtesy of UNL Extension in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Nebraska Soybean Board and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.