Speakers, vendors, farmers to attend Conservation Tillage Conference

Farmers will have the opportunity to participate in next week’s Conservation Tillage Conference, one of the largest agricultural programs in northwestern Ohio.
More than 500 farmers, consultants, industry representatives, government officials and the curious will meet at the two-day conference to listen to university specialists, industry representatives, and producers discuss new products and ideas.
The conference will be Tuesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 5, at the McIntosh Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada.
More than 60 speakers will be at the conference and about 40 vendors will have product displays and representatives available.
The program will include many presentations on tillage and conservation practices, such as a whole-day session on cover crops. However, there are other sessions on topics related to crop production.
Corn production will be presented on Tuesday during a “Corn University” program and soybean production topics will be covered on Wednesday during a “Soybean School” session. Both will have major university speakers from eight states and one province.
Dwayne Beck, manager of Dakota Lakes research farm, starts the conference at 9:30 a.m. next Tuesday with his presentation on “Healthy Soil: We Know One When We See One.”
The cover crops program begins at 8 a.m. the same day and only breaks for the opening program and lunch.
Four concurrent sessions will occur until 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday. These will include advanced scouting techniques, “Corn University,” cover crops, and nutrient management.
The second day of the conference will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. Machinery, precision farming and soil quality, nutrient management, “Soybean School,” and water quality will be the four concurrent sessions on Wednesday, March 5.
I will be presenting research results of two nutrient studies I have completed in northwestern Ohio, during the nutrient management sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday: “Nitrogen Rates for Wheat Production” and “Benefits of Accomplish LM, a Nutrient Enhancer for Corn.”
The schedule and registration information may be found at the following Web address: http://ctc.osu.edu. Registration for the conference is $105 for both days, $80 for one day, and may be completed online by tomorrow. Registration costs include lunch and an afternoon ice cream break.
Continuing education hours will be available to certified crop advisers in crop management, pest management, nutrient management, and soil and water management. Continuing education hours will also be available for certified livestock managers.
The Conservation Tillage Conference is a great program to learn about the latest management practices in crop production and to network with farmers and others in agriculture. I hope to see you.
Lentz is extension educator for agriculture and natural resources for The Ohio State University Extension Service in Hancock County. He can be reached at 419-422-3851 or via email at lentz.38@osu.edu.
Lentz can be heard with Vaun Wickerham on weekdays at 6:35 a.m. on WFIN, at 5:43 a.m. on WKXA-FM, and at 5:28 a.m. at 106.3 The Fox.

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