Producers Learn how to Implement No-till Practices

Name and Position/Title:
Aaron Saeugling, Field Agronomist

Fiscal Year Submitted:
2010

POW Title and Number:
100 Corn and Soybean Production

Title: 
Producers Learn how to Implement No-till Practices

Issue:
Soils in Southwest Iowa are highly erodible, making no-till farming a perfect opportunity to use no-till as a way to conserve soil.  Producers need knowledge on management issues, such as rotating crops, handling disease concerns, erosion control and waterway management and managing fertility, while reducing the number of trips across fields to reduce soil compaction, fuel and labor. 

What Did You Do?
A field day was held to demonstrate new technology and discuss no-till farming practices. ISU Extension partnered with NRCS and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in Harrison, Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties.  Speakers presented research results on current no-till production practices, including equipment concerns, disease development, and erosion control measures. 

Results:
Growers saved time by having the opportunity to come to one location to look at several brands of equipment, manufacturer’s products and make comparisons, rather than have only one brand of product. By observing how fabric was installed in waterways to control erosion and enhance water quality, growers quickly learned how to use the fabric barrier and implement erosion control practices on the landscape.  Between 150 to 175 growers attended the field day.

100  Corn and Soybean Production and Protection

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