No till farming seminar on tap

A seminar on no-till farming will be offered Jan. 3-4 in Choteau, Fort Benton and Shelby.


The focus of this program will be on fertility and crop production issues that have risen after many years of no-till cropping.  “This seminar will be an excellent opportunity to learn about continuing successful no-till programs as well as what research is being conducted by state and federal agencies,” says Dan Picard of the county Extension office.


Fertility topics covered will include issues such as how to use in-row placement along with other fertilizer application methods to meet the 2011 crop’s needs, nitrogen volatilization, and how to manage nitrogen fertility to discourage root and crown diseases.



Cropping issues such as weed population shifts due to no-till practices and methods to handle the new weed challenges, using crop rotations to deal with disease and residue issues, and the negative versus positive effects of occasional tillage will be discussed.



Dr. Clain Jones, Montana State University Extension Soil Fertility Specialist and Dr. David Huggins, a soil scientist with the Agricultural Research Service, located in Pullman, Wash., will give the primary presentations for the seminar.


They will be followed by a grower panel featuring John Aeschliman, a long term no-till farmer from Colfax, Wash., who has extensive knowledge of no-till drills and residue management, and two or three local farmers from each respective seminar location.


The program will be held on  Jan. 3 in Choteau at 1 p.m. in the Teton-Choteau Library, located at 17 N. Main Ave.


On Jan. 4 the seminar will be in Shelby beginning at 9 a.m. in the Ambulance Shed, located at 815 Oilfield Ave.


There is a minimal fee to cover the expenses of the speakers and it will last approximately three hours in each location. Contact the Pondera County Extension Office at 271-4053 for additional information.


The Extension Service is an ADA/EO/AA/Veteran’s Preference Employer and Provider of Educational Outreach.


If you require accommodation for a disability to participate, please notify the Chouteau County Extension Office at 622-3751, the Teton County Extension Office at 466-2491, or the Toole County Extension Office at 424-8350.