First National Strip-Tillage Conference announced
A first-of-its-kind event for growers practicing or considering strip-tillage will feature nearly 20 presentations over the course of two education-packed days in late July. Behind the theme of “Learning Strip-Till Together,” the inaugural National Strip-Tillage Conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on July 30 and 31 will offer strip-tillers hundreds of tips and techniques from consultants, university experts and veteran strip-tillers.
The just-completed conference program, now available at www.StripTillConference.com, contains 7 general-session speakers, 12 classrooms and 30 roundtables over an information-packed 32 hours of in-depth strip-till sessions. In addition, registered attendees can sign up for an additional special 3-hour, soil-health workshop prior to the start of the event with world-renowned soil biologist Jill Clapperton.
Following is a sample of topics and speakers that will provide growers with an in-depth strip-till education at the Cedar Rapids Marriott:
o Jill Clapperton, principal scientist with Rhizoterra Inc., will conduct a special workshop the morning of Wednesday, July 30 prior to the official start of the event that will allow farmers to perform tests and discover the health of their own soils. Her afternoon general session talk will focus on why soil health is important and will be followed that evening by a classroom digging deeper into the ingredients and habitat needed for improved soil biology.
o Purdue University cropping systems and tillage specialist Tony Vyn will not only share why he thinks strip-till is close to being a perfect tillage system during a general session, but he will offer the do’s and don’ts of banding fertilizer in a strip-till system during a classroom.
o The afternoon general session on July 31 features two precision experts. Kenton, Ohio, strip-tiller Brian Watkins will show how he accounts for every dollar spent on his farm through precision tools. Steve Cubbage, owner of and precision specialist with Record Harvest in Nevada, Mo., will examine the emerging precision technologies strip-tillers ought to consider implementing.
o Robert Miller, technical director of the Agricultural Laboratory Proficiency Program, will reveal the impact strip-tillage has on soil fertility levels and how it might affect soil-test readings.
o Kelly Cooper, project manager for the Conservation Cropping Systems Project in Forman, N.D., will look at various cover-cropping methods with strip-till, including bio-strip-till.
o Iowa State ag engineer Mark Hanna will reveal the equipment setup options for seedbed preparation and residue management that strip-tillers need to consider.
o University of Minnesota Extension educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes will provide a Strip-Till 101 session for farmers new to strip-till that will outline a system’s approach for success.
o Veteran strip-tillers providing tips from years of hands-on experience include David Legvold of Northfield, Minn.; Jeff Reints of Shell Rock, Iowa; Charlie Hammer of Beaver Dam, Wis.; Frank Moore of Cresco, Iowa; and Keith Schlapkohl of Stockton, Iowa.
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