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Ohio No-Till Conference features soil health, cover crops and more

By Randall Reeder

We have important topics and 15 speakers to cover them.

The Ohio No-till Conference will be December 5 at Der Dutchman, Plain City. We expect a full house and about 16 exhibitors/sponsors. Program will run from 9:00 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m.

Our keynote speaker is Mark Anson of Vincennes, Ind. The Anson family (3 brothers, plus sons) farms 19,000 acres of no-till with cover crops. (Previously, I incorrectly wrote 10,000 acres.) In 8 years, they have planted a total of 75,000 acres of cover crops. His topic: “Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, Healthy Life.”

Here are our topics and speakers:

Managing Cover Crops in Spring 2020. Nathan Brause, Cody Beacom, David Brandt, Glenn Harsh, and Eric Niemeyer

Soil Health, No-till and Cover Crops. Mark Anson, David Brandt, and Jan Layman

No-till, global warming and Federal Farm Policy. Bill Richards, Fred Yoder, Ben Brown and Allan Lines

How to Reverse the Impact of Carbon Emissions: Pay Farmers to Bury Them. Darrin Unruh and Sarah Varble of Indigo Ag

My farm story. Nathan Brause

NutrientStar: helping advisors and farmers sort through nutrient use efficiency tools. Karen Chapman, Brookside Labs


Awards. The Ohio No-till Council will present awards as follows:

Educator/Researcher Award: Blanchard River Demo Farms Network. Aaron Heilers

Business/Industry Awards: Clary Farms; Walnut Creek Seeds; Bird Agronomics

Outstanding No-Till Farmer: Nathan Brause, Crawford County

Also, four scholarship recipients will be honored.

We expect our events to be interactive, with a lot of discussion, questions, and time for one-on-one with our speakers. Our goal is to answer YOUR questions.

Registration. Two choices: online at OhioNoTillCouncil.com, or mail a check (payable to Ohio No-Till Council) to: Bret Margraf, Seneca Cons. District, 3140 South S.R. 100, Suite D, Tiffin, OH 44883. Register by Nov. 29 for the discount rate of $40.00. It is $60.00 at the door.

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