There was plenty to discuss at yesterday’s Ohio No-Till Conference. Slugs have been a long-time problem in no-till and Kelley Timon discussed strategies for controlling them, including some initial research on the role of cover crops. Bill Haddad talked about the importance of managing weeds to prevent resistance problems from developing and a panel featuring Dave Brandt, Neil Badenhop and others addressed these and other issues. Jim Hoorman covered a broad swath of reasons for cover crop use and discussed how encouraging hawks and owls on the farm can be one of the best ways to control moles and voles. Les and Jerry Siler also talked about how they are tackling problems with cyst nematodes.
Capt. Dave Spangler has been a charter boat captain for 24 years and shared his insights on the HAB situation in Lake Erie.
A panel featuring Dave Brandt and Neil Badenhop covered a broad range of topics.
A series of maps in Spangler’s presentation showed mycrocystis levels in Lake Erie on different dates. This is in August of 2016.
A series of maps in Spangler’s presentation showed mycrocystis levels in Lake Erie on different dates. This is in August of 2015.
A series of maps in Spangler’s presentation showed mycrocystis levels in Lake Erie on different dates. This is in August of 2014 when Toledo residents were told they couldn’t drink the water.
This shows the relative toxicity of mycrocystin produced by the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.
Award winners were honored including Les and Jerry Seiler from Fulton County (Outstanding No-till Farmers), Eric Niemeyer from Buckeye Soil Solutions (Agri-Business Award) and the Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District (No-Till Promoter Award).
Bill Haddad spoke about managing weeds and the importance of cover crops. “The good Lord meant for everything to be covered. You either put a cover crop in or he’ll put on in for you.”
Here is more from some of the presenters:
Dale Minyo speaks with Dave Brandt on No Till, cover crops, and their combined value.
Dale Minyo hears from Les and Jerry Siler on their operation history and their honor as No Till Farmers of the Year