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Ohio no-till field day August 14


July 15, 2008
By Ohio State University

July 15, 2008, Dunkirk, Ohio — See
and learn about the latest no-till practices and technology at the
fourth annual Ohio No-till Field Day, Wednesday, August 14, at the
Chris Rodabaugh Farm in northwest Ohio.

July 15, 2008, Dunkirk, Ohio — See and learn about the latest no-till practices and technology at the fourth annual Ohio No-till Field Day, Wednesday, August 14, at the Chris Rodabaugh Farm in northwest Ohio.

Featuring information on cover crops, manure and drainage issues, the field day – titled Farming Green Year Round – has a lot to offer farmers planning to switch to no-till and to experienced no-tillers looking for ways to improve their bottom line.

“Manure can aid in boosting yields quickly for a farmer who transitions to continuous no-till,” said Randall Reeder, a conservation tillage specialist who holds joint appointments with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Ohio State University Extension. “Manure, if it’s available for the crop farmer, will add nutrients and organic matter to the soil, which can help balance the high amount of carbon left on the surface in crop residue, such as corn or wheat.”

Registration is $20 if mailed by August 4, or $25 at the event (starting at 9:30 a.m.). Doughnuts, coffee, cold drinks and lunch are included. Activities will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with machinery demonstrations afterward.

To pre-register, send a check — payable to Ohio No-Till Council, Mark Wilson, Land Steward — to 1122 Somerlot Hoffman Road East, Marion, OH 43302.

The Chris Rodabaugh Farm is located at 1361 Township Road 125, southwest of the U.S. Route 30/U.S. Route 68 intersection in Dunkirk in Hardin County, about 60 miles south of Toledo and 70 miles northwest of Columbus.

The morning session topics, 10-11:45 a.m.:

• Cover Crops – Dan Towery, Ag Conservation Solutions

• Building Soil Quality with Cover Crops – Jim Hoorman and Alan Sundermeier, both of OSU Extension

• Manure Value for Crops – Jon Rausch, OSU Extension

• Managing Your Drainage System – Norm Fausey, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)

• Conservation Management System – Mark Scarpitti, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)

The afternoon sessions run from 1 to 4 p.m. with each session lasting 25 minutes. They will offer hands-on opportunities and small group discussion:

• Drainage Control Structures – Norm Fausey, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)

• Planter/Drill Adjustment – Bob Featheringill, no-till farmer, and Bill Lehmkuhl, Precision Ag Services

• Soil Pits – Rick Griffin and George Derringer, NRCS soil scientists

• Cover Crop Evaluation – David Brandt, farmer, Carroll, Ohio

• Manure Application – Jon Rausch and Mark Fritz, Ohio Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) manure management specialist

• Strip-till, Auto-steering and Real-time Kinematic (RTK) Networks – Tim Norris, Ag Info Tech


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