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Brandon zero-tillage workshop

Now
that the Ag Days farm show in Brandon, MB. is wrapping up, another important event will soon begin in that city. The Manitoba-North Dakota Zero
Tillage Workshop is set to start. Getting a chance to sit down and
discuss leading edge production research at events like this one could be the best investment of time
and energy grain growers could make.

Success

in farming today depends on learning about and implementing every
potential production advantage, even the small ones. Workshops like
this one make that possible. To let you know just what this event has
to offer, I’ll let you read the press release that came from the
organizers; it’s below. Maybe I’ll see you there.

Scott

The
North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association will hold its 33rd
Annual Zero Till Workshop and Trade Show at the Keystone Centre in
Brandon, Manitoba, on Feb. 1 – 3, 2011.

Workshop
presenters and farmer panels will discuss recent research and
farm-based information relating to topics such as soil quality, crop

rotations, field equipment and evolving zero-till practices.

The
event will also unveil the Association’s third production manual,
Beyond
the Beginning: Zero-Till Evolution
.
The content of the new manual is shaped by both farmers and
researchers discussing today’s growing need – and evolving tools
– for shaping a site-specific, biological systems approach to
zero-till.

Zero-till
has evolved into something more than a moisture-saving and
erosion-control practice,” says Ted Alme, North Dakota’s state
agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. “It has
transformed into a dynamic, biological systems approach to resource
management.”

Zero-till’s

ongoing evolution into a biological system presents a need for new
knowledge. The challenges lie in learning to let natural synergies
work and in finding ways to mimic Mother Nature’s rhythms for the
prairie.

We
need to increase our knowledge and our management skills,” says
Jeff Thiele, soil resource specialist, Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada Agri-Environment Services Branch, Dauphin, Manitoba. “We
don’t understand, for instance, all the interactions in different
plant communities with insects and the organisms in the soil. We must
learn to work with synergies between crops. We can learn to work with
Mother Nature – learn to work with what we have.”

For
additional information about the Brandon workshop and the production
manual, visit www.mandakzerotill.org.”

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Scott Garvey

Scott Garvey is a freelance writer and video producer. He is also the former machinery editor at Grainews.

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