No-Till On The Plains Whirlwind Expo
August 22, 2008
8 a.m. Registration
Lunch and afternoon program
Interaction of Microbes and Cropping Systems
No-till on the Plains is conducting a field event Sept. 3 in northwest Nebraska, featuring presentations by experienced local no-tillers and educators and experts. Presentations, designed to help producers increase profitability, will help producers gain a better understanding of soils and their reactions to fertility, improve water quality, and increase efficiency with new rotations and sequencing of crops.
The event is partially funded through a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, administered through PrairieLand RC&D. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Watson Brothers' farm located at 1561 County Road 61 near Alliance. Attendees can take Jefferson Road 4 miles east of Berea to County Road 61 and then go 1/2 mile north.
The Expo will feature on-site soil pits and in-field demonstrations. Growers will be able to view a rainfall simulator and the impact of continuous no-till on soil structure and biology. A catered lunch at the Alliance American Legion Hall will be provided to those who pre-register.
Previous expo attendees identifying some of the benefits, noted: "Using an actual farm setting to discuss a continuous no-till system; seeing first-hand the [soil] pits and effects of cover crops; field observations; smooth registration; the rainfall simulator presentation was great — you could hear a pin drop — he had everyone's attention; farmer input; field demonstrations; cover crops; equipment; the speakers; and information on fertilizer and organic matter."
No-till on the Plains is a regional organization that reaches over 3,000 farmers yearly. The farmer-run group promotes practical and scientific application of continuous no-till farming.
To preregister by August 27 for this tour, contact No-Till on the Plains at 888-330-5142, register online at www.notill.org, or contact your local NRCS office. Cost is $30 for preregistrations postmarked by August 27 or $60 at the door. (Lunch not guaranteed for walk-ins.)
No-Till On the Plains