The Conservation Tillage Conference, to be held March 3-4 in Ada, Ohio, at Ohio Northern University, has a full lineup of presenters who will share the latest information aimed at helping farmers succeed in 2020 and beyond.
More than 60 speakers from universities, USDA, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and industry will be on hand to provide, including keynote speaker Lee Briese of North Dakota. He was the 2017 International Crop Adviser of the Year and holds a doctorate in plant health from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Briese will give three presentations: “Details Matter,” “Herbicide-Cover Crop Interactions” and “Transitioning to a No-Till System.”
Other speakers include Sjoerd Duiker, an Ohio State University doctoral graduate in soil science who is now a professor of soil management and applied soil physics at Penn State University. He will give three presentations: “Moving to No-Till,” “Dealing with Poor Soil Structure and Soil Compaction” and “Repairing Ravaged Soils.”
Jason Mauck, who farms 3,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Indiana, will describe how interseeding cover crops in his constant-canopy system helps increase yields and builds soil health. Mauck owns a business, Constant Canopy.
The conference has four concurrent sessions both days. Two full-day concurrent sessions begin at 8 a.m. March 3: “Cover Crops, No-till and Soil Health”; and “Nutrient Management.” Two others begin at 10:30 a.m.: “Crop Management and Precision Technology”; and a new session, “Hemp, Plus Forage Cover Crops.”
The four concurrent sessions on March 4 are: “Crop Management and Precision Technology,” “Managing Cover Crops,” “Water Quality” and “Building on Ohio No-Till Success.”
A general session opens at 8:50 a.m. March 3 with the recognition of two new Master Farmers by Ohio Farmer magazine, and the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser of the Year. Keynote speaker Lee Briese follows at 9:15 a.m.
“Hot topics for 2020 include dealing with prevent-plant acres this spring, and the continuing algae problem in Lake Erie,” says Randall Reeder, the lead organizer of the program. “Speakers will discuss details of the new H2Ohio program, which will help farmers add new practices to reduce phosphorus runoff. The foundation for most of the 10 practices is no-till. We have several speakers covering no-till, cover crops and soil health.”
CCA credits will be available, with an emphasis on soil and water, nutrient management and crop management. Certified Livestock Manager credits are also available.
The deadline to register is March 1.The full program with registration details is online at ctc.osu.edu. Information is also available at all 88 OSU County Extension offices.