soil tillage field day

U of M Extension to Release Tillage Videos

Do you often wonder what type of tillage is really best for your soil conditions and crop rotation? Or maybe you’re unsure how tractor and implement traffic affects your soil?
While there is no one answer for all farmers, there are many aspects that factor into what is best on your farm. Soil health is valuable to your crop yield year after year, so choosing tillage that will minimize damage to soil structure and avoiding compaction is important.
“Soil is the greatest resource a farmer has. Any effort to maintain or improve soil health, prevent erosion loss and manage fertility is important to every Minnesota farmer,” Paul Meints, MN Soybean Research Programs Coordinator, said. “Identifying and implementing good soil management practices on individual fields will provide farmers with the best options to keep their land healthy, productive and profitable now and for future generations of farmers.”
Mid Central Research and Outreach Center Extension Educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes has done the research and made resources available to farmers to help answer some of their tillage and compaction questions.
Most recently, she organized a tillage field day near Madison, Minn., on soybean farmer Jeff Olson’s farm. Over 250 farmers attended the event, learning information about soil structures, the effect of different tillage implements on soil and the value of proper tillage for soil type. Coming later this fall will be videos covering tillage basics and soil structures that were discussed at the tillage field day.
Until those videos are released, be sure to check out videos covering compaction by DeJong-Hughes. A number of these resources were funded in-part by the Minnesota Research and Promotional Council and the soybean checkoff, under the direction of soybean farmers.