Neil M. Wubben, Mitchell/Floyd County Extension Education Director, Northeast
Producers continue to use full-width tillage for crop production leading to increased probability of soil erosion and nutrient losses to lakes/streams.
Producers are not aware of resources available to help them implement reduced tillage practices.
ISU Extension and ILF partnered with the Mitchell County NRCS office in organizing a Strip-till Field Day in September of 2008. The purpose was to present the latest research information on Strip-till to producers in Mitchell and adjacent counties. The program consisted of Dr. Mahdi Al-Kasi sharing the latest information on strip-till research; Dr. John Sawyer spoke on nutrient management in reduced tillage situations; and, Bob Vbora, NRCS, discussed the impact of reduced tillage on soil structure.
The Rainfall Simulator was on site demonstrating the effect of residue on reducing run-off. Dr. Matt Helmers spoke to the group about residue and erosion control.
NRCS staff reviewed the programs that provide producer support for transitioning to strip-till or other reduced tillage practices.
Equipment dealers were on site displaying their strip-till equipment and after lunch each demonstrated their machines.
Outcome Statement (one or more of the following):
Over 125 producers attended this event from 4 different counties. Many expressed interest in the tillage option. 14 producers contacted Mitchell County Extension office for more information.
NRCS reported several follow-up contacts with workshop participants and one EQUIP application as a result. Another producer implemented strip-till on part of his acreage as a result of visiting with a workshop participant.
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