Ever wondered why you should care about bees?

The answer to that and more will be discussed during the annual Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, held March 7-8 at the McIntosh Center of Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St., in Ada.

The event focuses on providing information to farmers on promoting and maintaining soil health, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer.

From offering a workshop on “Farms and Pollinators: Why Farmers Should Care About the Bees,” and a discussion on “Correcting Tillage Effects with Cover Crops,” the two-day event is designed to provide opportunities “for farmers to learn about the latest technology and practices for conserving soil and improving water quality and how that can boost their financial bottom line while conserving their soils,” Reeder said.

“For farmers, the number one issue right now is cutting costs,” he said. “Corn and soybean prices are low and farmers really have to save any way that they can.”

Farmers are interested in building soil health for the future while the same time preserving their soils for now, Reeder said.  

“Famers have to be more efficient and environmentally aware about their soils’ health as an important factor in improving the future for themselves and future generations,” he said.

Reeder is an organizer of this year’s CTC in conjunction with OSU Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Northwest Ohio.

OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

CTC offers the latest research, insight, tips and techniques on precision fertility, cover crops and manure, water management, technology and equipment, nutrient management, and advanced cover crops.

It features some 60 presenters, including 25 CFAES researchers and Extension educators, 10 from universities in other states, as well as farmers and industry representatives.

The event will feature several concurrent sessions during the conference. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Selecting and Managing Short Season Crop Hybrids for Cover Crop Planting
  • Managing Vole Pests in Cover Crop Residue 
  • Soil Health and Cover Crop Economics
  • Correcting Tillage Effects With Cover Crops
  • Slug Management Recommendations in No-Till and Cover Crop Systems            
  • Equipment Considerations for No-Till Corn
  • Aiming for a Perfect Ear
  • Variable Rate Technology for Corn Management
  • Poultry Manure: From Farm to Field
  • The Profitability and Economics of Soybean Production in 2017
  • Weed Management for Soybeans in 2017
  • What’s Holding You Back from High Yielding Soybeans

The full schedule and registration information for CTC can be found at ctc.osu.edu. Online registration is $65 for one day or $85 for both days by March 3. Registration March 4 and after is $80 for one day or $105 for both days.

Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education credits are available, with an emphasis on soil and water management, crop management and nutrient management.

Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) credits are also available.