March 3–4 2015, 9:30am–6pmWhere
Ohio Northern University, McIntosch Center Ada,
As more farmers gain access to and use big data to increase yield production, questions remain about how to keep that data from potentially hurting their farm profits later.
Finding ways to make sure data gleaned from precision agriculture — which is a farming management concept that uses technology such as satellites and GPS tracking systems to help farmers increase yields — doesn’t fall into the wrong hands is just one of the topics to be discussed during the Conservation Tillage Conference.
The annual conference, offered by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will feature workshops and discussion on numerous farming issues.
While farmers’ use of precision agriculture is increasing as more growers learn about its impact on yield potential, there are still questions about privacy issues.
Big data is just one of many topics farmers can expect to learn more about during the two-day CTC conference. More than 900 participants are expected to attend the conference, which is organized by OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
In addition to a “Corn University” and a “Soybean School,” the conference will offer the latest research, insight, tips and techniques on conservation tillage including cover crops, no-till, soil quality, soil health, seeding technology, water quality and nutrient management.
The conference will feature some 60 presenters, including 20 CFAES researchers and Extension educators, as well as farmers and industry representatives.
Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education credits are available, with an emphasis on soil and water and nutrient management hours.
New to the conference this year will be a day-long discussion on water quality, particularly on ways to keep phosphorus and nitrogen from impacting Ohio’s water quality.
Other conference topics include:
Managing crop residue removal
Agronomics for high yield corn and soybeans
Soil health benefits of continuous no-till
Variable rate seeding
Using gypsum to reduce phosphorus problems
The full schedule and registration information can be found online. Participants may register online or by mail. Registration for the full conference is $85 (or $65 for one day) if received by Feb. 21.
The conference is sponsored by OSU Extension, OARDC, Gypsoil, the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Soybean Council, John Deere, Ag Credit, Pioneer, Seed Consultants, Northwest Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Ohio No-Till Council.