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Ohio No-till Conference Dec. 6

Do you have problems or issues with weeds, slugs or planting into cover crops? Are you concerned about federal policy and the next farm bill? Do you have a question about a no-till topic not covered by the agenda below?

The goal of the Ohio No-Till Council is to answer your questions and solve your problems at the annual conference, Dec. 6, at Der Dutchman Restaurant, Route 42, Plain City.

How about planting into cover crops? You will learn how to set closing wheels for green covers and how to eliminate hairpinning (for either green or dead covers). A pusher bar is recommended for tall cover crops. For planting cover crop seed, a planter works best for a single variety. Or with individual hoppers, you can have two varieties in alternate rows, such as Austrian winter pea and oilseed radish. A drill works best for multi-species covers. Bill Lehmkuhl and Bret Margraf will lead this discussion to close the morning program.

The program opens at 9 a.m. Arrive early to enjoy coffee, donuts and visit with exhibitors. The first topic is “Battling slugs, voles and other varmints that love no-till and cover crops.” Learn from the experiences of three panelists: David Brandt, Fairfield County; Mike Daley, Consultant; and Neil Badenhop (Valent).

Another panel will discuss federal ag policy, especially as it relates to no-till. The Moderator will be Joel Penhorwood of Ohio AgNet and scheduled panelists are Bill Richards, Mark Smith, and Fred Yoder.

The annual No-Till Awards will be presented just before lunch. Recipients are: Frank Gibbs, Fisher’s Ag Service, Nathan Wilson, and two students, Chet Margraf and Bernard Kuether. Kale Marketing sponsors the plaques.

The afternoon program begins with Steve Groff of Pennsylvania. He has a distinguished history of no-till innovations and is now coaching farmers on cover crops. His topic is “Cover crops, no-till, and marketing opportunities for

crops (and livestock) grown on healthy soil with conservation practices.”

Three no-till farm families will share their own no-till story. You will hear a variety of situations, challenges and solutions. The three are: Nathan Wilson, Pickaway County; Nathan Brause, Crawford County; and Vince, Dan and Tyler Uetrecht, Warren County.

The closing speaker will be Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension in Auglaize County. He studied weeds for his Ph.D. and will discuss strategies and practices to battle resistant weeds, including waterhemp, Palmer, and rag- weed. Even if you don’t currently have a problem, you likely will soon if you don’t plan to prevent infestations. The program will wrap up about 4 p.m. CCA credits will be available.

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