No-till on the Plains is returning to in-person events this summer. The final of three field events to celebrate its 25th anniversary will take place Aug. 10 at the University of Nebraska Rogers Memorial Farm, a no-till research farm 10 miles east of Lincoln.
The Rogers Memorial Farm is typical of many small dryland farms in southeast Nebraska. It is a half-section farm of about 300 acres. Several University of Nebraska-Lincoln classes use the farm as an outdoor laboratory for real-life situations and experiences.
The terrain consists of two-thirds of sloping, terraced hills, while the other third is flat. The silty clay loam soils have slow infiltration rates and show evidence of past erosion.
The Department of Biological Systems Engineering has dedicated this farm to soil and water conservation activities, evaluating and demonstrating both cultural and structural practices.
Paul Jasa, No-till on the Plains board member and Nebraska Extension research engineer, conducts research on cover crops, fertilizer application rates and tillage practices at the farm.
“Paul Jasa has been providing high-quality soil health information and great technical advice for Nebraska producers for many years. I consider Paul one of my mentors,” says Michael Thompson, No-till on the Plains president.
After lunch at the anniversary event, attendees will hear Clay Center, Kan., producer Josh Lloyd share his experience earning higher profits using soil health principles on his farm. Registration and information for the event are available at notill.org. Cost is $25 for the event, and the optional lunch is an additional $15.
Visit notill.org or call 785-210-4549 for registration information. Online registration is required.