Farm Focus Field Day to Focus on Tillage & Soil

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Published on: Jul 10, 2006

The July18, 2006, Field Day at the Marsh Foundation Farm will focus on the various tillage methods, soil testing and soil fertility and offer wagon tours of the 300 acre research plots. The field day is hosted by the Farm Focus Committee and The Ohio State University Extension

Free and open to the public, one of the day's features will be a workshop conducted by Dr. Robert Mullen, an OSU soils specialist who will discuss soil testing and soil fertility. Highlights of the morning and afternoon will be demonstrations on vertical tillage equipment and strip-till equipment.

The Vertical Tillage Equipment Demonstrations will feature Great Plains Turbo-till, Phillips Smart-till 2200, Phoenix Till-lite and Rotary Harrows and Salford RTS. The Strip-till Equipment will have equipment demonstrations from DMI, Remlinger and Trailblazer.

Narrated wagon tours of the various research plots will run throughout the 300 acre Marsh Foundation/Farm Focus site. There will also be free lunch provided by the sponsors of the Farm Focus Field Day. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit with the tillage equipment demonstrators throughout the afternoon.

Sponsors of this summer's field day include Ag Credit, Archbold Equipment, , First Bank of Berne, CNH America, Great Plains Mfg., Homier & Sons, Inc., Heritage Farm Equipment, Kennedy-Kuhn Inc., Phoenix Equipment, Precision metal Fabricating, Remlinger Manufacturing, R&G Manufacturing and Williamson Insurance Agency.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There will be three 45 minute in-field workshops in concurrent sessions beginning at 9:15, 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. The Farm Focus Committee will offer shuttles to run between sessions as needed. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend all sessions if they arrive prior to 9:00 a.m.

Farm Focus is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers from Van Wert County dedicated to continuing agricultural education in the tri-state area. The Farm Focus research and clinical trial program is sponsored in part by The Ohio State University Extension, Van Wert County and The Marsh Foundation School Farms.

For more information about the July 18th Field Day, visit the Farm Focus website at extension.osu.edu/~farmfocus/index.html or call the Ohio State University Extension, Van Wert County office at 419.238.1214.