No-till Farming Conference on March 15 at Moville

Farmers who want to learn more about no-till farming practices should attend the No-Till Conference in Moville on Friday, March 15th. Presentations by specialists and panel discussions will address a various aspects of no-till farming, particularly continuous corn no-till farming, manure application in no-till systems, and utilizing cover crops in no-till rotations. The No-Till Conference will be held at the Community Center, 815 Main St., Moville, on March 15th, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Barry Kusel, long-term no-tiller from Carroll County and Iowa Learning Farms farmer partner, will discuss techniques that are successful in his operation. Paul Jasa, Biological Engineer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will speak on equipment and adjustments needed to plant in heavy residue. Sarah Carlson with Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) will address use and benefits of cover crops in no-till systems. Joel DeJong, Northwest Iowa Extension Crop Specialist, will have farmers in attendance participate in an electronic survey of various aspects of their no-till operation and then discuss the responses received.

Two panel discussions will feature northwest Iowa farmers who explain various aspects of their no-till operations and provide answers to audience questions. The morning panel discussion will target the issue of manure application in no-till systems. The afternoon panel will address no-tilling in a continuous corn rotation.

The conference, including the noon meal, is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the conference sponsors: Iowa Learning Farms, Farm Credit Services of Iowa, and the Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Northwest Iowa. This conference is offered through the cooperation of the ISU Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and area Soil & Water Conservation Districts.

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