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Conference to Tout the Latest Trends in Conservation Tillage

January 31, 2005

ADA, Ohio — From trends in conservation tillage, to new technology in precision agriculture, to a plethora of management practices, over 50 educational topics will highlight the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, being held Feb. 24-25 at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.


Early registration for the conference, in its 16th year, is $25 per day or $40 for both days, due by Feb. 18. Registration after Feb. 18 is $35 per day or $50 for both days. For more information on the conference, log on to: The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:05 p.m. on Feb. 24 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 25.

Topics of discussion will include vertical tillage, soil density, nitrogen management, manure application practices, planter adjustment, drainage, drip irrigation, soil compaction, weed management, and management for corn, soybeans and wheat. The Feb. 25 concurrent session on precision agriculture will include in-depth training on technology and mapping software.

CCA credits will be available for most sessions. For the first time, a participant can receive 5 credits in soil and water and 5 credits in nutrient management.

Some prominent speakers include Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal crop consultant; Bob Hoeft, soil fertility specialist from the University of Illinois; Elwynn Taylor, an agricultural meteorologist from Iowa State University; Clay Mitchell, a high-tech Iowa farmer; Scott Shearer, precision agricultural engineering professor at the University of Kentucky; and Mark Hanna, an agricultural engineering specialist from Iowa State University. An additional 20 Ohio State University Extension educators, a dozen producers, and several agency and agricultural industry representatives will make up the bulk of the presenters.

The Ohio Agricultural Technologies Association will sponsor a concurrent session Thursday afternoon on such topics as ISO standards for agriculture, yield monitors, using technology for scouting and documenting soybean rust and digitized soil surveys.

The tillage conference is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, Northwest Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency and the Ohio No-Till Council.


Candace Pollock
Randall Reeder