Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Field Day Scheduled in June

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May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The 4th Annual Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Demonstration Field Day is planned for June 14 at the Carstens 1880 Farmstead just south of Shelby, Iowa. Registration and vendor displays will open at 8 a.m. on the 14th; with speakers beginning at 9 a.m. Topics at this year’s field day will include creating an effective weed management program for no-till, an overview of emerging technology in no-till equipment, planter settings and an update on grain marketing. Lunch will be provided free of charge to all in attendance, including steak sandwiches grilled by the East Pottawattamie County Cattlemen.  Ernie Nelson, a no-till farmer from Moville, will deliver the keynote address after lunch. The afternoon will also include a special feature on precision agriculture equipment and data utilization, as well as a weather outlook from Elwynn Taylor.

Anyone with an interest in soil stewardship, from long-time no-till producers to those who are interested in learning more about no-till, is encouraged to attend this daylong educational event.  Over 200 ag producers and ag professionals attended the 2010 event, learning about residue management, crop rotation, fertilizer management and other considerations for a successful no-till program. In addition to the educational sessions at the 2011 WIN Field Day, there will be plenty of time for farmers to visit informational displays, vendor exhibits and network with other producers. CCA Credits will also be available for Certified Crop Advisors needing additional continuing education units this year.

There is no charge to attend this event, but pre-registration is required by June 9th.  Registration can be completed by e-mailing csgorham@iastate.edu or by calling the Harrison County Extension Office at 888-644-2105. Registrations may also be faxed to 712-644-2100 or be mailed to: ISU Extension Harrison County, 304 East 7th St., Logan, IA 51546.   The complete schedule and registration form are posted on the Web at www.extension.iastate.edu/harrison, or can be picked up at your local NRCS or ISU Extension Office in Harrison, Pottawattamie or Shelby County.

The field day is brought to you by NRCS, ISU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in Harrison, Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties.  Sponsors for the day include Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Shelby County State Bank, Brokaw Supply Company, United Bank of Iowa, the Iowa Soybean Association, A&M Green Power, Titan Machinery, K & K Enterprises, The Farm Service Company, Heartland Technology Solutions, Sorensen Equipment Company and Heartland Ag.

USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.  USDA, SWCD and Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability.  Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in meetings/events/functions should contact Robert Lawson at (712) 755-2417 (Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339), or Robert.Lawson@ia.usda.gov by June 11.

(Press Release/Shelby County Extension)