Ohio No-Till Field (half) Day
Agenda. 6:00 pm. until dark, at the Matt Aultman Farm, Darke County
Welcome Jan Layman, President, Ohio No-till Council, and Matt Aultman
6:05 Precision Agriculture for No-till. Scott Shearer, Chair, OSU Dept. of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Precision will improve environmental quality, reduce nutrient purchases, and increase return to management. Automation will lead to increased continuous no-till acres. Gross vehicle weight of equipment will be so low that deep tillage to remove compaction will be unnecessary. Dr. Shearer will also discuss “Strip intercropping” which offers multiple advantages. (You may have seen this demonstrated at Farm Science Review in the “Farm of the Future” along Rt 38.)
7:00 No-till and Carbon Sequestration: What’s it Worth? Fred Yoder (Past-President National Corn Growers Assoc., and active in several other national organizations)
Farmers who switch to continuous no-till can earn Carbon payments. But will farmers who have been doing it right for 5, 10 or more years? Besides sequestering carbon in the soil as organic matter, farmers can earn credits by "growing" N instead of applying it. Verifying the amount of Carbon sequestered is expensive currently.
7:45 Cover crop mixes, after wheat. Greg McGlinch, Taylor Dill, Jared Coppess SWCD, and Matt Aultman.
They planted 25 strips on July 24. They will discuss optimum cover crop mixtures based on crop rotation and cultural practices. And root growth differences. (Later, liquid manure will be applied in a strip across half the cover crop plots. These plots will be the foundation for an FFA Science Fair project next year.)
Also, Taylor will share observations from the rainy 2021 spring on the value of a good cover.
~8:30 Get your Questions Answered. Time to ask any speaker or experienced no-tiller your questions. Jan Layman, Fred Yoder, Matt Aultman…
The Matt Aultman farm is at 6721 Horatio Harris Creek Rd, Greenville, Oh 45331.
Pay $20 on arrival. (No advance registration)