Managing tillage field day topic

Learning to develop healthy soil systems is the goal of an up-coming field day entitled “Managing Tillage and Reducing Soil Compaction for Improved Soil Health.”

The field day is planned for Thursday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gibbsville Implement Inc., Waldo.

The program is sponsored by the Sheboygan County Forage Council, Gibbsville Implement Inc., InDepth Agronomy, Midwest Forage Association, and the UW-Extension Offices of Sheboygan, Ozaukee and Washington counties.

Soil health is the foundation for productive cropping systems. Healthy soils provide nutrients, good soil structure allowing water and air to infiltrate into root zones, and biological activity that recycle plant nutrients.

The field day will focus on the physical characteristics of soil and how farming practices can improve soil health. Learn about the importance of soil structure and why it is critical for soil health and vigorous plant growth. See how to manage crop residue while maintaining the integrity of soils, and finally understand how regulating tire pressure can reduce soil compaction and improve soil structure.

Among the presentation topics and speakers for the day are:

“Why Does Soil Structure Matter,” “How Tillage Impacts Soil Structure, Water Infiltration & Soil Health” and “Tillage Considerations on Heavy Clay Soils” will be discussed by Francisco Arriaga, UW-Madison Soil Science Department and Mike Ballweg, Agricultural Agent – Crops and Soils, UW-Extension–Sheboygan County.

Pat’s Tire Sale & Service Inc., Chilton, will share information on, “Reducing Soil Compaction by Regulating Tire Pressures.”

“What Can We Learn from Soil Pits?” will be discussed by Francisco Arriaga, UW-Madison Soil Science Department.

Lastly, Jeff DeBlaey, Gibbsville Implement Inc., will compare and contrast, “Field Equipment Demonstrations to highlight Residue Management, Tillage Equipment - Selection and Set-Up.”

For reservations/information contact the Sheboygan County UW – Extension Office at 920- 459-5904 or email tammy.zorn@ces.uwex.edu. There is no fee to attend the field day. The field day will be held rain or shine. More information is available on-line at: http: //Sheboygan.uwex.edu.


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