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No-till Field Day scheduled for June 28 near Decorah

June 14, 2011

Carole Yates, coordinator, Iowa Farm Energy Working Group, 319-273-7599,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- With today's high fuel prices, cash rents and land costs, there has never been a better time to explore reduced tillage options. Farmers are invited to a No-till Field Day at the Terry Elsbernd farm near Decorah on Tuesday, June 28, to see energy- and money-saving practices firsthand.

Attendees will visit the Elsbernd farm to see how no-tillage works and learn from an Iowa farmer who is experienced with this practice. Additional farmers and other resource professionals will discuss the benefits of a no-till cropping system, including changes in soil tilth, moisture, fuel costs and profitability. They will also discuss what farmers are doing to decrease nitrogen-management costs and look at energy breakdown in the field, where it's going, the saving potential, energy audits and incentives. A complimentary lunch will be provided by the Winneshiek Soil and Water Conservation District, the Winneshiek Cooperative and the Iowa Farm Energy Working Group (IFEWG) at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education. (CEEE)

The field day, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Winneshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District, Iowa State University Extension, the Winneshiek Energy District and the IFEWG within UNI's CEEE.

For more information, contact Carole Yates at 319-273-7599.