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Thursday, February 28, 2013 1:22 PM

Assistant Professor OSU Extension Putnam County
The 2013 Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) will take place Tuesday and Wednesday in McIntosh Hall on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada.
CTC is an annual two-day educational program featuring over 60 speakers in concurrent sessions. Attendance each of the last three years has been over 900, including about 400 crop consultants. More than 35 exhibitors will be present with plenty of food and time to interact with other farmers, consultants, seed and fertilizer dealers and agency personnel from all over the Midwest.

This year’s sessions include a wide range of speakers from universities, farmers and consultants throughout the USA. Session titles include Corn University, Soybean School, Cover Crops, Nutrient Management, Soil & Water Quality, Precision Agriculture, Planter and Drill Adjustments and Advanced Scouting Techniques. Certified crop advisers can obtain educational credit for attending the sessions.

The opening General Session on March 5 features Dr. Jerry Hatfield, USDA-ARS, talking about “Thriving in Times of Extreme Weather Patterns,” “Continuous Improvement in Soils with Cover Crops,” “Effects on Crop Production Efficiency” and “Fitting Together the Pieces of Agronomic Puzzle for Extreme Weather.” After the initial speaker, Ohio Certified Crop Advisor of the Year award and Ohio Master Farmer awards by Ohio Farmer Magazine will be presented.

Corn University will also be a session Tuesday. Speakers include Paul Jasa of the University of Nebraska, Peter Thomison from Ohio State and Bob Nielsen from Purdue University. Their topics include “Planter Set-up for Maximum Yields,” “2012 Growing Season,” “New Tools for Managing Drought” and “On-Farm Research: Nuts, Bolts, and other Practical Issues.”

Dr. Rick Haney, USDA-ARS, Temple, Texas, will present, by webinar, “Biological Soil Testing” at a session on cover crops in the Chapel. Advanced Scouting Techniques will be addressed by several, including Jonah Johnson, Greg LaBarge, Alan Sundermeier, Joe Nester and Doug Busdecker, moderated by Harold Watters.

Day two starts with the popular Soybean School. Speakers will include Emerson Nafziger, Shawn Conley, Vince Davis, Laura Lindsey and Ron Hammond. Some of the topics that will be covered include “Soybeans and Drought,” “The Role Soybean Seeding Rates Play in Integrated Weed Management to Combat Resistance,” “SCN Scouting Disease Interactions and Management,” “The Latest on Soybean Fertility” and more.

Water Quality will be another topic for day two. Speakers include Mike Plumer of the University of Illinois and Jim Hoorman, Alan Sundermeier, Dr. Libby Dayton, Ehsan Ghame and Bruce Clevenager, all from Ohio State. Topics discussed in this session will include “Adapting Agriculture and Cropping Practices to Extreme Weather,” “Cover Crops and Water Quality,” “Farmer Perceptions of Extreme Weather Events,” “Climate Change and 21st Century Agriculture” and many more, all dealing with the issues of soil and water quality in relationship to weather extremes.

Seeding Technology (GPS and Auto Steer) will be one of the final sessions of the conference. Topics include “Perfecting No-Till Planting Equipment” presented by Paul Jasa. A Seeding Technology Panel will be moderated by Dr. Scott Shearer, OSU Chair Department of FABE. Other topics include “Maximizing Yield Potential at Planting Time” by Peter Thomison, “Working with Variable Rate Prescriptions” by Doug Houser and “Machine Implications of Prescriptions” by Jamie Blutemeier.

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits are available for Soil & Water (SW), Nutrient Management (NM), Pest Management (PM) and Crop Management (CM).

Registration is $105 for full conference, $80 for one day. For more information, go to the official 2013 Conservation Tillage Conference website at or call 614-292-6648.

The Putnam County Cattlemen will host “Raising and Feeding Cattle in the 21st Century” at 6:30 p.m. March 18 at the Putnam County Extension Office. Featured speaker is John Grimes, OSU Cattle Specialist. Refreshments will be provided by Putnam County Cattlemen Association. RSVP by calling 419-523-6294.


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