Tricounty News

Conservation tillage field day at Landwehr farm

A Conservation Tillage Field Day will be held at the Keith and Sheila Landwehr farm northwest of Watkins beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 20. This field day is a joint effort between the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and private industry. Farmers will have the opportunity to see four different tillage systems side by side and compare plant populations, weed control, crop residue and general plant health. A number of speakers will provide information on the following topics: o Dr. George Rehm, a U of M Soil Scientist will speak about fertilizer management for corn and soybeans in reduced tillage systems. o Rick Gilbertson of Pro Ag Crop Consultants in Sauk Rapids will discuss managing weeds in conservation tillage systems. o Another U of M Soil Scientist, Jeff Vetch, will present information from university trials comparing tillage systems. o Tom Mueller will share insights as to how strip tillage has performed on his farm. Mueller farms near Windom and has been strip-till farming for nearly 10 years. o NRCS District Conservationist Steve Sellnow will speak about Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) possibilities for local growers, as well as trends in tillage practices. This field day is one of five programs in Minnesota that will provide growers with hands-on learning about how conservation tillage could work on their farms. The field day will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with a pork chop feed at 12 noon. Registration is not required. To get to the Keith and Sheila Landwehr farm, drive north from Watkins on Meeker County Road 13/Stearns County Road 2. At the curve, take County Road 21 for 1/2 mile, and then head west onto 185th Street for 2 miles. For more information contact Dave Schwartz at (320) 894-3801 or (800) 738-1485, or call the Stearns NRCS/SWCD in Waite Park at (320) 251-7800 ext. 3.