National tour features latest conservation ag ideas
The second tour stop will be at the Kilgus Dairy, a local dairy farm that sells its own products in a store on the farm’s property, for sessions on nutrient management. Lunch will be served and Denise Keehner of the Environmental Protection Agency will share insight about the National Water Quality Initiative.
Howard Brown of Growmark, which is sponsoring this stop, will set the stage for discussions about nutrient management and the 4R approach – using the right nutrient source at the right time and right rate and in the right place.
- Producers Kevin and Danny Harms, together with Tim Smith, crop consultant, who will review nutrient management demonstrations and efficiency studies within CTIC’s Indian Creek Watershed Project.
- Dan Schaefer, with Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, who will share information from the N-Watch program, an effort to quantify available nitrogen in the soil, and ongoing nitrogen rate plot work.
- Laura Pepple, livestock Extension specialist for the University of Illinois, who will discuss manure management, while Dewey Haag, pork producer, demonstrates a manure drag line.
Drainage Water Management
At the Trainor Farm, producers and other experts will discuss drainage water management, the practice of using a water control structure to control the drainage outlet for agronomic and environmental purposes.
- CTIC, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, Trevor Sample of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Mike Trainor, producer, will discuss the Trainor farming system, tile outlet monitoring water quality monitoring.
- Phil Algreen, Agri Drain Corp., Jack Trainor, producer, and Dennis Davis, Davis Excavating, will demonstrate tile installation, show a control structure at work, talk about saturated buffers and discuss producer perspectives on drainage water management practices.
The final stop at the Rooster Heaven Hunt Club in Forrest, Ill., offers a meal prepared with local foods and features Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, as the tour’s final speaker.
Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the stops and back to the hotel. A bus also is available for local tour participants. It will leave from Rooster Heaven Hunt Club on the morning of July 10. The local bus reservations are filling fast.
Special rates for hotel rooms are available at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Call reservations at 800-627-7468 before June 16, 2013, and mention the CTIC Tour to receive a special rate. Registration also is available online.