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Conservation Tillage Conference Focuses on Soil Health, Water Quality and Other Agricultural Issues – Ohio Ag Net

Wondering how climate change can impact agriculture, food quality and public health? Want to know how subsurface drainage affects river shine? Or how about what type of insects are beneficial for sustainable agriculture?

The answers to these questions and more will be discussed at the annual Tillage and Technology (CTC) conference, taking place March 8-9 at the McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University (UN), 525 S. Main St., in Ada. The CTC is presented by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and other partners.

The event focuses on providing information to farmers about promoting and maintaining soil health, said Randall Reeder, a retired agricultural engineer from Ohio State University Extension.

From the offer of a workshop on “Corn management today: does the hunt for the last bushel pay off?” and a discussion of “Water and Drainage Laws – What’s New in Ohio,” the two-day event is designed to provide opportunities “for farmers and crop consultants to learn more about the latest technologies and practices for soil conservation and water quality improvement and how that can increase their bottom line while preserving their soils,” said Reeder.

Farmers want to build soil health for the future while preserving their soils for now, Reeder said.

“And the continued adoption of no-till and other practices that build soil health will impact climate change in the right way,” he said. “Farmers are becoming more efficient and environmentally aware of the health of their soils as an important factor in improving their future and that of future generations.”

Reeder is the organizer for this year’s CTC in conjunction with OSU Extension, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Northwest Ohio. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.

CTC offers the latest research, ideas, advice and techniques on precision fertility, cover crops and manure, water management, technology and equipment, nutrient management and advanced cover crops. It features some 70 presenters, including 32 CFAES researchers and educators, 22 from other universities, as well as farmers and representatives from the USDA, Ohio Department of Agriculture and industry.

The event kicks off March 8 at 8:30 a.m. with internationally acclaimed agricultural consultant Steve Groff, who will discuss “Future-Proof Farming: Changing Mindsets in a Changing World.”

Other conference sessions will include:

  • Planting date and management interactions: corn, soybeans and wheat
  • Weed management in 2022
  • Incorporating Manure into Wheat Using a Grassland Applicator
  • Composting manure in bedding in Fulton County
  • Latest Maumee River Water Quality Information
  • Technological resources for plant production
  • Fertility and fertilizer precision decisions for 2022 and 2023
  • Soil compaction and automation
  • Planter Pitfalls: Beyond the Basics
  • Nutrient Application Monitoring Technology

The full schedule and registration information for the CTC can be found at ctc.osu.edu. Registration is $100 before February 25 and $150 after that date, and can be done online or by mailed check.

The Midwest Cover Crops Council meets in conjunction with the CTC. Everyone is invited to attend his program on March 7 at The Inn at ONU. Register via ctc.osu.edu.

Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits are available, with an emphasis on soil and water management, crop management and nutrient management. Certified Livestock Manager credits are also available.

Other conference sponsors include the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Soybean Board, CFAES Agricultural Science Journal, AgCredit, Seed Consultants, Wingfield Crop Insurance and The Nature Conservancy.