Ohio No-Till Field Day (Plain City)
9:00 a.m. until noon, at the Fred Yoder Farm, Plain City
Welcome: Jan Layman, President, Ohio No-till Council, and Fred Yoder
9:05 a.m. Precision Agriculture for No-till with Scott Shearer
Precision will improve environmental quality, reduce nutrient purchases, and increase return to management. Automation will lead to increased continuous no-till acres. Gross vehicle weight of equipment will be so low that deep tillage to remove compaction will be unnecessary. Dr. Shearer will also discuss “Strip intercropping” which offers multiple advantages. (You may have seen this demonstrated at Farm Science Review in the “Farm of the Future” along Rt 38.)
10:00 a.m. Managing Slugs by Planting Green. Nathan Brown from Highland County
Cover crops can provide the food supply for slugs while the new crop emerges and gets a good start.
10:30 a.m. break
10:40 a.m. No-till and Carbon Sequestration: What’s it Worth? with Fred Yoder
Farmers who switch to continuous no-till can earn Carbon payments. But will farmers who have been doing it right for 5, 10 or more years? Besides sequestering carbon in the soil as organic matter, farmers can earn credits by "growing" N instead of applying it. Verifying the amount of Carbon sequestered is expensive currently.
11:15 a.m. Which cover crop mixes are best for next year’s corn? Cody Beacon (Bird Agronomics), and Fred and Josh Yoder.
Cody planted a dozen mixes here a year ago. Fred and Josh planted corn in the field this spring. They will discuss estimated differences in corn yields following those different cover crop mixes.