Total Tillage Solutions Field Day – Sept. 4, Appleton, Minn.

Farm Forum

Crop producers and other agricultural professionals can see how different tillage systems impact soil, fertilizer and residue movement through the soil profile at the field day scheduled for September 4 south of Appleton, Minnesota. The event will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m. and run until 3:30. After an introduction, participants will rotate through several stations that showcase different tillage systems in customized soil pits:

• Shallow tillage pit (0-4″) will showcase vertical till, field cultivator, and a soil finisher. Francisco Arriaga (University of Wisconsin) will discuss fertilizer incorporation, seedbed preparation and residue management.

• Medium depth tillage (6-10″) will have a chisel plow set-up with 3 different sets of points and a strip till unit with both coulter and shank options. Dave Franzen (NDSU) will discuss band vs. broadcast fertilizer and Marla Riekman (MAFRI, Winnipeg Manitoba) will present nitrogen loss data from different tillage implements.

• Deep tillage pit (12-18″) will display a moldboard plow, zone till and a disk ripper. Jodi DeJong-Hughes (University of Minnesota) will discuss soil compaction alleviation and the importance of soil structure.

• Natural soil pit (biotill). Hal Weiser (North Dakota NRCS) will discuss how to build soil structure through soil biology and building soil health.

• Drone technology Will Anderson (Rx Ag Services) will talk about the practical applications of drones and the challenges they have come across.

Field demonstrations by major and local equipment manufacturers will run immediately after the soil pit sessions. The event will be held rain or shine and is hosted by Jeff Olson. Lunch will be available for purchase on the grounds.

Pre-registration for the field day is encouraged. Participants can call 320-235-0726 x2001 or email

To get to the field day, travel south of Appleton on Hwy 119 for 8 miles, turn west on CR 28 (300th St.) for 3 miles and look for signs.