Conservation Tillage Conference a Platform for Tillage Practice Discussion

Hands-on demonstrations and round table discussions bring farmers to Willmar

Conservation tillage practices are important tools for farmers. While it can be difficult to determine the best options for individual farms, soil and nutrient management can have huge benefits for each farm.

A group of 185 farmers, crop consultants and agronomists from across Minnesota gathered Dec. 15-16 for the 2015 Conservation Tillage Conference held in Willmar, Minn.

University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension Services hosted the conference while sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and other conversation tillage businesses. This year’s event focused on soil fertility, cover crops and residue management.

Industry table talks, breakout sessions, producer panels and keynotes speakers covered a variety of topics concerning tillage choices and their impacts. Presenters included experienced growers, agronomists and faculty members.

Round table discussions were very popular, including ones hosted by both UMN Extension Educator Fabian Fernandez, who discussed fertilizing with conservation tillage practices, and Dan Kaiser, where he discussed micronutrients of Sulfur and Zinc in yield cropping systems.

For the first time in event history, the highest level of interest was in cover crops, noted Jodi DeJong-Hughes, event coordinator and UMN Crops Extension Educator.

“These conferences are most beneficial to farmers because of the relevant information presented and hands-on demonstrations,” said MN Soybean Director of Research David Kee. “These meetings also give farmers a platform to network with industry experts and discuss possible solutions with other producers.

The 2016 Conservation Tillage Conference will be held  Dec. 13-14 in Fargo, N.D., at the Hilton Garden Inn.