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Cover Crop and Soil Health Improvement Strategies to be Discussed at 2015 National Strip-Tillage Conference


Two well-regarded academic researchers will be presenting at the 2nd annual National Strip-Tillage Conference on Aug. 5-6 in Iowa City, Iowa.

Fabian FernandezUniversity of Minnesota nutrient management specialist Fabian Fernandez understands the nutrient application flexibility that a strip-till system offers. His current research focuses on nutrient management in corn cropping systems and identifying and implementing sustainable nitrogen management practices aimed at minimizing environmental impacts and improving yields.

Both strip-till and no-till offer important benefits under some conditions and drawbacks under others. In no-till systems, slowly mobile nutrients such as phosphorus and potassium are typically broadcast-applied on the surface. This application technique creates a vertical stratification of these nutrients with higher concentrations in the surface compared to the subsurface. Strip-till offers more flexibility, since it is easy to combine deep placement of nutrients with the tillage operation.

During a general session, Fernandez will compare nutrient management
practices for strip-till and no-till and how to properly take soil samples to accurately represent the fertility of a field when banding fertilizer in the strip vs. a broadcast application.

Joel GruverDr. Joel Gruver grew up on a small, diversified farm in rural Maryland. Since 2007, he has been a professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture in the School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. He’s conducted intense research tied to cover crop usage in conservation-tillage systems and organic grain production.

Gruver will focus his general session on the integration of cover crops
within strip-tillage systems and explore key opportunities and challenges based on recent research results and the experiences of innovative farmers using both strip-till and cover crops. He will also discuss the impact of cover crops on nutrient availability and soil moisture dynamics within strip-tillage systems and also consider the compatibility of cover crops with current strip-till technology and potential new technologies.

Stay tuned for more conference speaker announcements coming soon!

2015 NSTC Iowa City Title Sponsors!

Copperhead Ag  *  Dawn Equipment  *
Environmental Tillage Systems  *  Ingersoll  *  Kuhn Krause  *  Montag  *  Nufarm  *  Nutra-Flo  *  Orthman  *
Raven Industries  *  Thurston (Blu-Jet)  *  Yetter

EVENT REGISTRATION. Save $25.00 when you register for the 2nd annual event in Iowa City, Iowa! Register online today or download the 2015 registration form.

EVENT PROGRAM. The 2015 speaker program is available for viewing so you can see the quality of speakers that you can expect for the 2015 program in Iowa City, Iowa.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS. The Marriott Hotel at Coralville, Iowa, is the host hotel for the 2nd annual conference. Room reservations can be made by calling 800-228-9290 or 319-688-4000. Please mention the National Strip-Tillage Conference to get the special low rate of $110. You can also make hotel reservations online.

NSTC TITLE SPONSORS. For information about the 2015 class of National Strip-Tillage Conference Title Sponsors, click here.

CROP ADVISOR CREDITS. We received 20.5 CEU credits through the Certified Crop Advisor program and pesticide recertification credits from 20 states for the 2014 event.

If you have questions about the National Strip-Tillage Conference, please contact No-Till Farmer by phone at (866) 839-8455 or (262) 782-4480; by fax at (262) 786-5564; by email at; or by mail at P.O. Box 624, Brookfield, WI 53008-0624.

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