CARROLL, Ohio – Cover crops, drought and aerial and high-clearance seeding will be among the topics examined during the Ohio No-Till Field Day Sept. 13.
The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the David Brandt Farm, 6100 Basil Western Road, Carroll. Registration is $35 by Sept. 4 or $50 on-site.
The program will provide demonstrations on planter and drill setups and adjustments, a firsthand look at cover crop plots, discussions regarding cover crop choices, benefits and seeding methods, and demonstrations of aerial and high-clearance seeding, weather permitting.
Randall Reeder, a recently retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer, emphasized the importance of cover crops, especially in drought years.
“Farmers have more choices and a greater need for cover crops this year due to drought conditions and early harvesting,” he said. “Cover crops are essential to trapping excess nitrogen and other important nutrients within the soil, especially in years of drought.”
Speakers at the event will include Gabe Brown, a nationally known no-till farmer from North Dakota; Bill Lehmkuhl, a crop specialist who speaks nationally on corn planter setup and adjustment; and Ray Archuleta, a soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service who will demonstrate the quality of no-till soil compared to plowed ground.
Sponsors include OSU Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development CenterOhio’s Country Journal, the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, and the Ohio Soybean Council.