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Midwest Strip-Tillage Expo 08 Scheduled For August 12

Tillage specialists, farmers, equipment dealers and equipment manufacturers from across the Midwest will converge at the University of Wisconsin-Madison”s Arlington Agricultural Research Station on August 12 for the Midwest Strip-Tillage Expo 08.

The event is designed to demonstrate the potential of strip-tillage
for row crop production in Wisconsin. It is hosted by UW-Madison and
UW-Extension and will be patterned after similar events held in
Minnesota and Iowa last year.

“Strip tillage is getting more attention recently because it”s less
energy-intensive,” says Richard Wolkowski, a UW-Madison extension
soil scientist who has been researching the practice for a dozen
years. “You go over the field in the fall, and that”s it for tillage.
The next operation is planting the crop in the spring.”

Strip-tillage involves tilling narrow bands of soil zone where rows
of corn or other crops will be planted. It offers many of the same
advantages of conventional whole-field tillage-early warming, drying,
and seedbed preparation-as well as the conservation benefits of no-till.

Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. The daylong program,
featuring concurrent educational presentations and field
demonstrations, will begin at 9 a.m. and be repeated at 1 p.m. At
noon a panel of veteran strip-tillers will discuss their experiences
and techniques.

Presentations will focus on fertility and other management practices
for strip-tillage, techniques to maximize yield in high-residue
systems, auto-steer and other GPS guidance technology, and managing
compaction in reduced tillage. The presentations will take place in
the Arlington station”s air-conditioned public events facility.

Field demonstrations will allow farmers compare features of a variety
of strip-tillage equipment and related products, including auto-
guidance systems. Information booths and equipment displays will be
open all day.

There is no charge to attend the event. Lunch will be available for
a nominal cost. Two Certified Crop Advisor CEU credits will be
available to those attending the educational presentations.

The Arlington Research Station is located 20 miles north of Madison
about one mile west of U.S. Hwy. 51. More information on the field
day is available online at http://www.soils.wisc.edu/extension.

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For more information: Richard Wolkowski, 608-263-3913, rpwolkow@wisc.edu