Mark your calendar now to attend the annual Midwest Conservation Tillage Conference. It will be held in Rochester, Minnesota on Feb. 7 and 8, 2012, says Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Iowa State University Extension soil management specialist.
"You will learn how these conservation tillage systems can save soil, time, fuel — and money," he adds.
University of Minnesota Extension will host this seventh annual Conservation Tillage Conference and tradeshow Feb. 7 and 8 at the International Event Center in Rochester. The day-and-a-half-long conference will provide practical, how-to information on nearly every aspect of conservation tillage. Besides saving valuable soil resources, conservation tillage has been proven to save $25-45 per acre in tillage costs. And that's not including your time.
Practical, how-to information on nearly all aspects of conservation tillage
"Whether you are an experienced conservation steward, a farmer looking to fine-tune what you are doing, a crop consultant who helps growers, or a novice looking to get your feet wet, you should put this conference on your calendar now," says Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Minnesota Extension tillage specialist and conference coordinator.
Experts from the University of Minnesota, and from neighboring states will present the results of extensive research comparing tillage systems, including strip tillage. In addition, experienced conservation tillage farmers will answer questions and provide management tips.
Conference topics will include:
•Precision ag solutions
•Weed species shift and control
•Nutrient management in high residue systems
•Strip intercropping management
•Soil health with reduced till systems
•Vendor sessions: Learn about new equipment, cover crops and technology
The popular "Farmer Panel" will be back again, offering practical insights and management tips from experienced northern strip tillers and ridge tillers.
Also back is "Beer & Bull," your chance to pick the brains of other farmers, consultants and researchers in a relaxed, informal setting.
Register by January 25 and save money on registration fee
The conference will open with a provocative keynote speech from Robert Recker: "Yield, Profitability, and Sustainability: Where to go from here?" Bob is the owner of Cedar Valley Innovation and a retired John Deere engineer, researching strip intercropping. He studies corn growth on a row by row basis trying to unlock the secrets of using technology and the sun to farm smarter.
The Conservation Tillage Conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 7th, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 8th. The tradeshow will be open both days. The registration fee is $150 per person, which includes nine continuing education units (CEUs). An early bird fee of $120 per person is offered for those registering by Jan. 25, 2012.More information, including schedules, maps, contacts and exhibitor registration is available at www.TillageConference.com. Or contact Jodi DeJong-Hughes at 320-815-4112 or [email protected].