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Joachim No-Till Soybean Field Day August 1st
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 10:03am
On August 1st the public is welcome to join Gary and Georgia Joachim, the Steele Co. Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) for an informative field day highlighting the many benefits of no-till cropping systems.
The event will be held on Thursday August 1, 2013, 3:00 to 5:00 PM hosted by Gary and Georgia Joachim. The field location is 1.5 miles east of the Havana Township Town Hall on Havana Road, Owatonna, MN. Free and open to the public. For more information contact the Joachims; 507-451-0626.
The Joachims have realized many benefits to growing soybeans with no-till methods. They will describe their system and the agronomic, economic and environmental improvements they enjoy from no-till. Their presentation will cover their weed control methods, including some of the obstacles they have overcome.
Cost and yield comparisons of their system to conventionally tilled soybeans will also be highlighted. The bottom line is that Joachims have enjoyed sustained yields with reduced time and expense with no-till. Gary will also explain the many adaptations he has made with his equipment to make the system work.
The long term benefits to the system make no-till very attractive, says Joachim; “We see less soil erosion, better water holding capacity, less runoff pollution, and improved net profits”. Dan Arndt from the Steele Co. SWCD echoes the many soil quality and soil conservation benefits to no-till. “No-tilling soybeans into corn stalks is a reasonable and practical alternative to conventional tillage”, says Arndt.
Incentive payments are available through the USDA Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) for switching to no-till, strip-till, and ridge till. Contact your local NRCS office or call Karl Hakanson at the CRWP for more details (507 786 3912). Hakanson says that “when you add the significant environmental benefits on to the agronomic and economic improvements, no-till is a powerful argument for the future direction of crop production”.