Corn College Tillage College (Thursday)

Heyworth (near Bloomington), Illinois
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Corn College Tillage College
Thurs., July 24, 2014          Heyworth, Ill.

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Your Roadmap to Tailored Tillage -Tentative Agenda*

7 – 7:45 a.m. Registration & Hot Breakfast,
                        sponsored by SFP

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Welcome from Farm Journal

8:15 – 9:30 a.m. A Systems Approach to Soil Density 

                               presented by Ken Ferrie
Ken will cover the balance sheet of tillage systems, including no-till, and provide a foundation for understanding uniform soil density. He will take a look at the positive and negative effects of tillage and possible pitfalls of tillage run wrong. Parameters and tools to measure soil health will also be covered. He will discuss what it truly means to farm in a vertical format.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Water Management
  presented by Isaac Ferrie
This session will cover the different aspects of soil types and characteristics that affect water management. Subjects will include tile depth and spacing, VRT irrigation and current tools that are on the market to help manage water during the growing season. Considerations for using cover crops based on geography and agronomic goals will also be covered.

10:30 – 11 a.m.    Expo Break

11:00 –  Noon    Breakout #1   (see list below).

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch sponsored by Cover Crop Solutions,
                                with special guest Machinery Pete

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Breakout #2

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Breakout #3

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Expo Break

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Breakout #4

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Networking Happy Hour

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Q&A with presenters

Attendees will break in four groups 
and rotate through the breakout sessions.

Breakout 1: Live Tillage Demonstration presented by Ken Ferrie 
This session will be a combination of live demonstrations and soil pits that show the importance of not only running tillage tools correctly but also choosing the correct tool for your environment and agronomic goal.

Breakout 2:  Tillage In-Field Diagnostics presented by Brad Beutke
Participants will look at several soil pits showing the effects of different tillage passes and how that plays into water management.

Breakout 3: Soil Density Simulation presented by Isaac Ferrie
In this hands-on interactive simulation, participants will make decisions regarding nitrogen
management, weed management and stand establishment to see how their preferred soil
density system compares to others in the session. The team with the best outcome wins.

Breakout 4: Up to the Axles: How to Tow
presented by Fred Whitford, Purdue University Whether it’s pickup trucks, tractors and tillage tools or sprayers, this session will detail the do’s and don’ts of getting equipment out of the mud, including the products and tools available to keep retailers and employees safe.

*Agenda is tentative. 

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