by Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension Educator
University of Minnesota along with North Dakota State University Extension Service, is hosting the 2016 Conservation Tillage Conference on Dec. 13-14 in Fargo, ND.
Family members from the Jorgensen Land & Cattle will be the keynote speakers. This fourth generation, 20,000 acre farm includes a diverse cattle, crop and hunting operation in south central South Dakota. They will discuss how and why soil health, livestock integration and sustainability are the driving forces in their operation.
The schedule includes an extensive variety of speakers, drawing on experienced growers, agronomists and academic experts. Whether a novice crop consultant or experienced in conservation tillage, participants will learn about nearly every aspect of improving soil health and productivity.
Topics include residue management, effective use of strip and vertical till, cover crops, extended grazing, soil biology, weed management and fertility in reduced-till systems.
Informal table-talk sessions will allow for time to interact with speakers and industry representatives. More than 25 vendors representing equipment, and providing educational information will be on-site throughout both days.
A farmer panel will conclude day one. Farmers using multiple tillage systems and cover crops will talk about their experiences and “tricks” they’ve learned through the years. The second day will start with hands-on demonstrations to show soil health parameters and weed management.
Attendees who stay for the entire conference will be offered seven Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units (CEUs).
Early bird registration is $125 for the full conference. Registration will increase to $155 after Nov 30. Registration and more information on the agenda, lodging and program speakers are available online at http://www.DIGtheCTC.com.