If you are thinking about no-till farming, have concerns about how your no-till effort is going or question the benefits you might get from converting to no-till, you have a chance to get all your questions answered and concerns address at a No-till on the Plains field day coming up Nov. 3 in Marion County.
The field day will be conducted in partnership between No-till on the Plains and the Kansas Alliance of Wetlands and Streams and the Marion Reservoir River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy organization.
Field stops are planned at fields with spring and fall cover crops. The field day will include a soil pit, contrasting long-term continuous no-till cropping and conventional tillage. A session on no-till equipment adjustments and optimization is included.
The field day will provide the opportunity to opportunity to see experts in the field. Speakers include Paul Jasa, University of Nebraska Extension Engineer, Greg Scott, professional soil scientist. Star Seed agronomist Dale Strickler, Sedgwick county producer Ryan Speer and Clay county producer Josh Lloyd.
Registration and the full agenda are available on the No-till on the Plains website. Lunch is provided with the $20 registration fee. The event is sponsored by the Marion County Farm Bureau.
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at the Marion Community Center Meeting Room located at 203 N. Third Street in Marion.
A soil team from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will conduct a rainfall simulator presentation at 9 a.m. The soil pit tour will also include a discussion of no-till equipment.
Greg Scott, professional soil scientist, will be discussing the soil quality, soil structure and the positive impacts of continuous no-till on soil health. Scott will discuss the soil horizons shown by the soil pit. He will share his knowledge of soil quality and agronomic expertise in an easy-to-understand manner.
Paul Jasa serves as an Extension Engineer, University of Nebraska where he develops and conducts educational programs related to no-till equipment and system management. Paul will share information that stresses the systems approach and the long-term benefits of no-till while discussing planter and seeder setup tips.
Ryan Speer operates Jacob's Farms near Halstead in a partnership. The farm has been in no-till for 12 years and uses cover crops, including annual rye, extensively. The farm uses a diverse rotation that includes wheat, corn, soybeans and milo. Ryan spent several years working as a crop consultant in western Kansas before becoming farm manager at Jacobs. He grew up on a family farm near Dighton. He will speak at 1 p.m.
At 2 p.m. Dale Stirckler, Star Seed Agronomist will speak. He started cover cropping on rented ground in 1988. He bought his first farm in 2000 and converted it from furrow irrigation to a drip-irrigation intensive grazing system. Cover crops are integral part of Dale's operation and many of the producers he works with. Dale will share his experiences with cover crops and their benefits.
Josh Lloyd operates Lloyd farms in partnership with his father. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1998 with a BS in Management and then returned to the farm. He has been no-tilling for 15 years and enjoys the profitability gained from it as well as time savings and improvement in the soil. Josh uses cover crops extensively and has begun to integrate grazing on covers as part of his operation. He will speak at 3 p.m.
At 4 p.m., there will be an interactive question and answer session.
Registration for the field day is $20 for pre-registration by Oct. 31. At the door, registration is $25.