August 31, 12am–12amWhere
Jan Layman Farm 15238 Twp. Road 119 , Kenton, Ohio
Adopting no-till requires understanding how it affects drainage, soil structure, organic matter, weed control, and the application of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, all of which influence both yields and environmental impacts.
This event supports farmers interested in adopting no-till for its ability to control erosion, conserve soil moisture, minimize fuel and labor costs, and build soil structure and health. Done properly, no-till systems can meet or exceed conventional tilled crop yields while reducing fuel and equipment costs.
Several sessions at the field day will address the use of cover crops in no-till systems. Participants will be able to compare different types of cover crops planted after wheat harvest earlier this summer.
Using cover crops in a continuous no-till system could help alleviate phosphorus runoff and the resulting toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and other waterways in the region.
At the field day, participants will be able to see how cover crops affect the soil underground, including infiltration testing, by viewing a soil pit during one of the demonstrations.
One session, “Digging Deeper into Soil Health,” will be led by Jim Hoorman, an OSU Extension educator. His talk will focus on soil microbes, particularly beneficial fungi. During years of drought, or dry years like we’re experiencing now, it’s very beneficial to have these microbes in the soil.
Among others on the agenda are Norm Fausey of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Columbus, who will offer a “Water Management and Water Quality Update”; and Dan DeSutter, an Indiana no-till farmer who has 5,000 acres of cover crops, who will discuss “The Economics of Resilience.”
Equipment demonstrations include Aqua-Till, which uses ultra-high-pressure water jets to cut into the soil for planting, and a John Deere 2510H dry fertilizer injector.
Early registration for the event is $40 by Aug. 22. On-site registration is $60. Registration includes lunch.
A complete agenda and both online registration and a printable, mailable registration form are available online. Anyone with questions about registration may contact Bret Margraf via email or at 419-447-7073.