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Strip Till Demo Day
July 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Come join us for a morning session focused on the nuts and bolts of strip tilling, results from the Soil Health Partnership program, and experiences from a strip till user.
Our main speaker Mark Hanna will be presenting “Getting the Most From Your Strip-Till Equipment”. Mark is a registered professional ag engineer working in tillage, planting, and other farm machinery topics after a career at Iowa State University. Hanna will discuss adjustment and operation of strip tillage implements and effects on soil loosening, fertilizer placement, and soil preparation for planting in the seed zone.
Soil Health Partnership will present on current standings within the program nationally and specifically in Illinois. A review of Soil Health Partnership’s data collection and what soil health metrics we can focus on currently that relate to yield. The Illinois Soil Health Partnership field data summary will include early findings to soil data compared to yield. To conclude, a brief update on field sites this year and how the program is expanding to reach more farms in Illinois.
We will also have Eric Miller, a local strip till farmer to discuss his experience with adopting strip till that will directly lead into our farmer panel. Our farmer panel features several local farmers from beginners to veteran strip tillers. Bring your management questions!
After lunch, we will have the following manufacturers demo their strip till bars as well as a demonstration of cover crop seeding: Environmental Tillage System, Schlagel Manufacturing, Orthman, Yetter Farm Equipment, Kuhn Krause, and Vulcan Equipment.
Lunch is being provided for free, but you will need to RSVP to Macon County SWCD by July 2nd!
ALSO, we will have a drawing for TWO FREE registrations for the National Strip-Tillage Conference happening on July 26-27th, 2018 in Iowa City, IA.