May 18, 2002 FFA test plot

Manning Monitor Article August 8, 2002
Tillage Demonstration Field Days

Tillage represents one of the important decisions that producers make during a crop production cycle. Reduction of the number of tillage passes can reduce compac­tion. Increase water availability, and increase profitability. Often tillage studies are conducted at only one site so that producers have little information on how different methods work across a range of soils and climates. A unique study is taking place in Iowa as a cooperative effort be­tween the National Soil Tilth Laboratory in Ames. Local pro­ducers, FFA chapters, and the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Four different tillage practices are being com­pared in both corn and soybean crops for their effect on emer­gence, growth, yield, and profit­ability. These practices are fall­-chisel, fall-strip, spring tillage, and spring-strip tillage. This study started in the spring of 2002 on seven producer fields around Iowa. These sites are in Columbus Junction, Bedford, Rippey, Manning, Kelly, Albert City, and Al­gona. These demonstration sites are coupled with an intensive re­search site at Ames that is being used to understand some of the interactions between soil manage­ment and crop response.
A Field Day is being planned for Manning on August 19, 2002 from 5-7 p.m. The Field Day will include presentations on the pur­pose of the study, findings so far, - plans for 2003, and producer feed­back on different tillage systems and their effect on the soil. Pres­entations will be made by NSTL staff, Barry Kusel (local pro­ducer), and FFA cooperators. Re­freshments will be served.

August 19, 2002

Barry Kusel of AR Kusel, Ltd farms explains the process from planting through summer growth.
FFA & Ag instructor Larissa Rupnow in red shirt.

Kusel equipment and labor was used for this FFA plot.

Jerry Hatfield

15 feet wide Kusel equipment used for the test plot

August 25, 2002

November 29, 2002