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BUCYRUS -- The Ohio No-till Field Day will be Aug. 29 at the Nathan Brause farm in Crawford County. The address is 4565 Zeigler Road, Bucyrus. The program will start 8:50 a.m., and end at 4 p.m.

After a welcome by Jan Layman, President of Ohio No-till Council, the Director of Agriculture, Dorothy Pelanda will have a few comments.

The featured speaker is Rick Clark of Williamsport, Indiana. His topic is: Farm Green: Regenerative No-Tilling. He was a keynote speaker at the National No-Till Conference in January. He “farms green” on 7,000 acres he manages at Clark Land & Cattle and for his family operation.

He maximizes cover crop performance and plants cash crops into green covers. His main crops are corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. In his 2-hour presentation and discussion after lunch the audience will learn details about crop rotations, cover-crop selection and how he manages to avoid applications of pesticides and fungicides.

Other key topics and speakers include “Managing fertilizer nutrients (after a rain-soaked year)” by Steve Culman, OSU Extension Soil Fertility Specialist. Steve and Rick Clark will also discuss “What do cover crops contribute to fertility levels?” Which cover crops should I choose, and will they suppress weeds?

Three cover crops experts will answer those questions: Jay Brandt, Cody Beacom and Dwight Clary.

In field demonstrations will cover the following three topics: Cover crop plots (about six different mixes), Jay Brandt, Jim Hoorman and Cody Beacom; Soil pit (looking at cover crop root growth), Jeff Glanville, NRCS soil scientist; and Planter set up and New Technology, Nathan Brause and Bill Lehmkuhl.

A catered lunch and an afternoon ice cream break are included. There will be time for one-on-one discussions.

Register Online or by Mail. Early registration is $50 per person; or on-site is $75. For high school and college students, advance registration only, $25.

For online registration, go to: ohionotillcouncil.com.

To register by mail, send a check (payable to Ohio No-Till Council) to: Bret Margraf, Seneca Conservation District, 3140 South S.R. 100, Suite D, Tiffin, Ohio, 44883.

For the complete agenda visit: OhioNoTillCouncil.com.

Sponsors include: Dekalb Asgrow, Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, AgCredit, First Federal Community Bank and Burkhart Farm Center.

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