Conservation Cropping Systems Project field day set for July 17

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Forman, N.D. – The Conservation Cropping Systems Project (CCSP) will hold its 13th Annual Field Day at its No-Till Demonstration Farm 1 mile south of Forman, N.D., on Thursday, July 17, starting at 1:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s field day will be “Planter Technology and Soil”. New planter technology can save soil. The seeding systems of today are as complex as a spacecraft. They are complete with sophisticated guidance, monitoring and real time active controls that change down pressure, seeding rate, and various crop inputs on the go. These planters have the ability to handle a wide range of conditions giving farmers the ability to plant accurately through high residue conditions.

The CCSP farm consists of 200 plots on a 1/4 section of land 1 mile south of Forman, North Dakota. The farm grows several crops using no-till and strip-till farming methods including corn, soybeans, winter and spring wheat, flax, alfalfa, switch grass, and cover crops.

Crop tour speakers scheduled to attend include Troy McKown, Precision Planting, NW region manager. Troy will discuss corn planter systems with demos on site. We anticipate a high level of interest in this subject and Troy has agreed to be on hand after supper for even more Q and A. Dr. Joel Ransom and Steve Dvorak will present the NDSU winter and spring wheat variety trials. The soil pit will be complimented this year by a wind and water erosion simulator compliments of both North and South Dakota NRCS. Dr. Abbey Wick, soil health team member from NDSU, Eric Barsness South Dakota NRCS Agronomist, and special guest, Dr. Terry Toy, erosion specialist and professor emeritus from University of Denver will discuss soil erosion utilizing the simulators. Chandra Heglund, NDSU grad student will give a lesson on soil genesis, classification, and soil health in the soil pit. Farm Talk with Mick Kjar will be broadcasting live from the farm from 2-4 pm including live interviews with attendees. Mick will interview David Montgomery, author of “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations”. David was on last year with Mick and this year David is the keynote speaker at the 6th annual World Congress on Conservation Agriculture held in Winnipeg.

We will have our staff, farmer board members, and sponsors ready and willing to share their experiences and information. A machinery display will be up front by the tent to check out. A supper will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. sponsored by Titan Machinery and Northside Implement. CCSP is a part of the Wild Rice Soil Conservation District with sponsorship and advisory board members from the surrounding counties of Dickey, Ransom, and Richland, from North Dakota, as well as Marshall and Day County of South Dakota. The mission of the farm is to demonstrate and promote profitable conservation farming methods. The farm operates on the good will and donations of its sponsors. For more information please contact The Wild Rice Soil Conservation office at 701-724-3247 ext 3 or visit our web site at www.notillfarm.org.