Farmers’ field day slated

Staff report

“Field to Lake – Soil, Science, & Water Working Together,” a field day at the Todd Hesterman Farm in Napoleon, will be held Wednesday, July 27, 8:30 a.m.-1:40 p.m.

The field day will offer information and the science about nutrient placement, soil health, and slowing the flow with in-field, edge-of-field, and in-stream best management practices. Included will be demonstrations of John Deere Equipment Demo, Conservation Action Project (CAP) Equipment Demo, refitting equipment for nutrient injection and 4R stewardship, reducing nutrient loss with the two-stage ditch and cover crops, soil pit/smoking tile, edge of field monitoring research, drainage water management research, agronomic opportunities of banding fertilizer, options for managing draining ditches, and farming near the Chesapeake Bay.

Presenters include Frank Gibbs, consultant; Brittany Hanrahan, the University of Notre Dame; Hans Schmidt, a Chesapeake Bay farmer; Larry Brown, OSU-ATI; Jed Stinner, USDA-ARS; Chuck Campbell, the City of Toledo; Stan Sikora, John Deere; Jon Witter, OSU-ATI; and Jay Witkop, John Deere.

The Hesterman farm is located at the southwest corner of Henry County roads 15 and W in Napoleon. Continuing education credit is available, and a catered meal will be provided by The Nature Conservancy and Conservation Action Project.

The event is hosted by the Henry and Fulton Soil and Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, the OSU Extension, USDA-NRCS, the Conservation Action Project, Kenn-Feld Group, John Deere, the Ohio Department of Agriculture -Division of Soil and Water Conservation; and partnering landowners.

For more information, or to make a reservation by July 20, call or e-mail the Henry County SWCD at 419-592-2926 or visit [email protected]

Staff report