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Willmar to host conservation tillage conference Dec. 5-6

Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service

WILLMAR — The 2017 Conservation Tillage Conference will be Dec. 5-6 at the Willmar Conference Center.

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension and the North Dakota State University Extension Service, the conference combines farmer experience and applied science to provide hands-on information designed to save farmers time, fuel, money and their soil.

"The schedule includes a variety of speakers, including experienced growers, agronomists and academic experts, said Jodi DeJong-Hughes, U of M Extension Educator, in a news release.

"With the extensive panel of speakers, participants will learn about nearly every aspect of improving soil health and productivity," she said, including tips for using no-till or reduced-tillage methods on heavier, colder soils.

Conference highlights include weed species shift and control, nutrient management in high-residue systems, reduced till and cover crop strategies, soil health improvements with reduced till systems and climate trends and soil resiliency

Vendors will also be available to display new equipment, products and technology.

The two-day conference includes a keynote speech by Jerry Hatfield, director of the Agriculture Research Services' National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment.

For more information and to register for the conference go to or call 320-235-0726, Ext. 2001.