Randall Reeder and Gary Steinhardt opened Pandora's box and exposed what the shift in farming practices in the '60s and 70's and early '80s had done to soil tilth, soil health and soil structure. They tackled the unpopular, ugly subject of soil compaction and made farmers aware of why they were seeing 'tall corn, short corn' and losing yield, especially on corn in stressful years.
Reeder did his work in the Ag Engineering Department at Ohio State University. Steinhardt continues to work in the Purdue University Agronomy Department.
Reeder, now retired from active duty, will bring his thoughts and a career's worth of observations to the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District 33rd annual Conservation Tillage Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 21. If you're interested in new tillage options, like vertical tillage, and want to know about how various tillage operations affect the soil, it's worth your time and drive to be at the Kuhlman Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on the east side of Richmond. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. EST and concludes with a barbecue lunch at noon.
Reeder will cover both the pluses and minuses of vertical tillage, horizontal tillage and no-till in his talk. Besides Reeder and his talk on tillage, other topics to be covered include updates from Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff, plus the latest on fertilizer application regulations. A new program requiring certain applicators to have a license went into effect a year ago, and a new program that affects almost anyone applying fertilizer or manure, but which doesn't require a license, goes into effect Feb. 15. Learn if you qualify under one or both programs, and what you must do to comply.
Various exhibitors of equipment and products related to conservation tillage will also be on hand. Reservations for the meal are required by Feb. 15. Sign up by calling 765-966-0191. The Wayne County Fairgrounds is located at 861 N. Salisbury Road, Richmond.
Note: Farm Progress is offering a free special report on Vertical Tillage Tools. Download it here: 5 Informational Tips You Need To Know About Vertical Tillage.