The annual Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference will be held on March 2-3 in Ada, Ohio. Although it is a bit of a drive from the Wayne County area, the drive is worth the effort because the information, presentations, exhibits and vendor displays are top-notch.
In addition to a “Corn University” and a “Soybean School,” the conference will offer the latest research, insight, tips and techniques on conservation tillage including cover crops, manure application, no-till, soil quality, soil health, seeding technology, water quality and nutrient management. A new session entitled Precision Fertility will feature site specific management of N and P, soil nitrate testing, soil organic matter, Y-drops for N and variable rate N strategies.
The conference will feature some 60 presenters, including Extension researchers and Extension educators representing 8 universities, as well as farmers and industry representatives. Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education credits are available, with an emphasis on soil and water and nutrient management hours.
New to the conference this year will be a day-long discussion on water quality, particularly on ways to keep phosphorus and nitrogen from impacting Ohio’s water quality.
Other conference topics include:
- Managing crop residue removal
- Agronomics for high yield corn and soybeans
- Soil health benefits of continuous no-till
- Variable rate seeding
- Using gypsum to reduce phosphorus problems
- Technology and Equipment
The full schedule and registration information can be found at ctc.osu.edu. Participants may register online or by mail. Registration for the full conference is $85 (or $65 for one day) if received by Feb. 21.