No-Till Field Days 2021

Cover crop planted into no-till.

This August we have a variety of No-Till field days throughout the state. On August 19th, we have two half day options. One event is in the morning from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fred Yoder Farm in Plain City and another is in the evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Aultman Farms in Darke County.

We have a similar line up at both locations with the main speakers being Scott Shearer, the chair of The Department of Food Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Fred Yoder a past President of the National Corn Growers association.

Pay $20 on arrival (no pre-registration required)

Morning Schedule

Location: 7050 Butler Ave, Plain City, OH 43064

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.

 

Evening Schedule

Location:  6721 Horatio Harris Creek Rd, Greenville, Oh 45331.

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Matt Aultman’s Farm

6 p.m. Welcome with Jan Layman, President, Ohio No-till Council, and Matt Aultman

6:05 p.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.)

7:00 p.m. No-till and Carbon Sequestration: What’s it Worth?   Fred Yoder (Past-President National Corn Growers Assoc., and active in several other national organizations)

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.

7:45 p.m. Cover crop mixes, after wheat. Greg McGlinch, Taylor Dill, Jared Coppess SWCD, and Matt Aultman.

They planted 25 strips on July 24. Liquid manure will be applied in a strip across half the cover crop plots. They will discuss optimum cover crop mixtures based on crop rotation and cultural practices, root growth differences and the benefit of cover crops in adverse weather will be discussed.

~8:30 p.m. Get your Questions Answered. Time to ask any speaker or experienced no-tiller your questions. Jan Layman, Fred Yoder, Matt Aultman etc.

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