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Brandon zero-tillage workshop

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.


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.


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.

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.

event will also unveil the Association’s third production manual,
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

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


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

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.”

additional information about the Brandon workshop and the production
manual, visit”

About the author


Scott Garvey

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



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