Tillage field day

Tillage, Technology and Residue Field Day Set for Sept. 10

With summer almost half over, harvest season will be here quickly. With it comes questions about fall and spring tillage. Due to popular demand, the University of Minnesota Extension is hosting this year’s Tillage, Technology and Residue Field Day Sept. 10 to answer those tillage questions and concerns.

Last year, the event near Appleton focused on how tillage affected below-ground soil structures, fertilizer management and residue incorporation. Switching gears, this year’s tillage day will look at residue management above ground.

“At this year’s field day, we will have two soil pits, with other stations looking at residue management above ground and with the planter,” said University of Minnesota Educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes. “We will also have one station devoted to strip till, learning how it affects soil moisture, temperature and thermal conductivity.”

“Similar to last year, this year’s tillage day will look at natural strengthening of the soil, effective residue management, and how to base tillage needs on crop rotation, soil texture, slope and economics. While both stations include a live tillage demonstration, it will expand this year.”

Also similar to past years, the newest variable depth tillage equipment will be at the field day, including side-by side field demonstrations by national and regional manufacturers. Farmers this year will gain knowledge concerning proper planter set-up for improved emergence and residue management.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Soil Science Assistant Professor Francisco Arriaga will address how much residue is really necessary on soybean stubble. North Dakota State University (NDSU) Assistant Professor of Soil Health Dr. Abbey Wick will cover bio-till, soil structure and cover crops. NDSU Assistant Professor of Soil Physics Dr. Aaron Daigh and DeJong-Hughes will talk soil properties and structures affected by different tillage systems in relation to yields from Minnesota research.

Tillage, Technology and Residue Field Day will be held at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minn. Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m., with the official welcome for the event starting at 9:30 a.m. The field day will conclude with an equipment demonstration at 2:15 – 3:30 pm.

The field day is proudly sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and the soybean checkoff. Others involved include UMN Extension, NDSU, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and local farmers and businesses. For more information, click here