ADA, Ohio -- Manure management -- from application techniques to environmental impacts to recycling manure nutrients -- will be a new feature of the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, being held Feb. 23-24 at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
The event, sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, focuses on topics related to conservation production practices, and features presentations from university researchers and industry experts from across the country. Additional sponsors include the 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.
Topics for discussion on Feb. 23 include sessions on nutrient management (nitrogen application, rate comparisons, soil fertility and cover crops); diseases, pests and planters (soybean rust, aphids, corn rootworm and planter adjustment); and the Ohio Agricultural Technologies Association program, which includes a software update.
Topics for discussion on Feb. 24 include soil and water (drainage, water management, organic matter and carbon sequestration); conservation tillage (twin row production, weed management, no-till corn and strip-till); precision farming and software (sensor technology, GPS, and RTK networks); and a daylong session on manure science.
Additional topics during the conference include managing risk based on weather patterns, biodiesel and ethanol production, and a Farm Bill 2007 update.
Certified Crop Advisor credits will be offered during the conference. Last year's conference set an attendance record with 625 farmers, crop consultants and agency personnel participating in the event.
Registration before Feb. 16 is $30 per day or $50 for both days. Registration after Feb. 16 is $40 per day or $60 for both days. Fee includes lunches and breaks.
For more information on the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, log on to http://ctc.osu.edu, or call (419) 422-3851 for program information or (419) 223-0040 to register.