CONSERVATION TILLAGE TOUR SET FOR JUNE 21
Following unusually wet planting conditions this spring, more farmers are exploring the merits of no-till, high residue production practices.
In an effort to introduce more farmers to these techniques, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, in partnership with the National Resource Conservation Service and the USDA National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, are sponsoring a crop tour June 21 in Roeten, located in northeastern Coffee County.
Buddy Adamson, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Cotton Division and Wheat & Feed Grains Division, encouraged farmers to attend the meeting.
"This tour provides farmers the opportunity to observe and evaluate conservation tillage and precision agriculture research being conducted on the farm," Adamson said. "Much of this research has been funded by federal dollars obtained through Alabama Farmers Federation's lobbying efforts in Washington, DC."
The tour will begin at 9 a.m. at Kenneth Sanders Farm, located just east of County Roads 110 and 105 crossroads. It will conclude at 2 p.m.
In addition to the Sanders Farm, tour stops will include the Sammy Carter and Jarrod Johnston farms.
Speakers will include producers Kenneth Sanders and Sammy Carter who will offer their own perspectives on farming with no-till.
Other speakers will include Dr. Dennis Delaney, an Extension agronomist who will discuss conservation tillage management practices; and Chris Dillard with Auburn University's Department of Agronomy and Soils who will demonstrate how precision farming techniques can be adapted to no-till practices.
In addition, Dr. Dale Monks, an Extension crop expert, will provide an update on this year's cotton crop. Rob Duffield, an agronomist with Pioneer Corn, will discuss the corn crop, followed by Carl Sanders, president of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, who will provide a peanut crop update.
Ben Moore, a conservationist with the National Resources Conservation Service, will discuss the new Conservation Security Program.
Experts from the Soil Dynamics lab will be on hand to present a demonstration of equipment associated with no-tillage practices. For more details, contact the Extension System's Coffee County Office at (334) 894-5596.