Managing phosphorus and other nutrients through conservation practices was the emphasis of the annual Ohio No-Till Conference held Tuesday, December 6 in Plain City.
“Our emphasis in on soil health and how to improve the soil by the use of cover crops,” said Dave Brandt, President of the Ohio No-Till Council. “Also talking about reducing the use of commercial fertilizer and nutrients by using cover crops and I think we may have sparked the interest in a few producers.”
Brandt shared with those attending the conference some of his experiences with cover crops, a practice he’s been using on his farm since 1978.
“Presently were working with Austrian winter peas and radishes, precision planted like you would corn, on 15 inch rows, alternating rows with peas and radishes,” Brandt says. “With this arrangement we’re able to save about 70 percent of our nitrogen costs and about 40 percent of our nutrient costs for P and K.”
The No-Till Conference also featured a session on aerial seeding cover crops.
NOTE: Dave Brandt was also a featured speaker at the “Effective Cover Cropping” conference held in Decatur, IL this week.