It's like having easy access to 120 experienced no-tillers and no-till experts at your fingertips.
That's the goal of an email list serve, established at the University of Nebraska, to enable farmers to share their questions, comments or other information about no-till crop production and no-till equipment. List serve members are farmers, UNL Extension and state Natural Resources Conservation Service staff and agribusiness representatives.
"It's a network for no-tillers," says Paul Jasa, University of Nebraska engineer. "Sometimes it's just more convenient to send an email to bounce an idea off other no-tillers or fellow producers."
He believes it's a great resource for farmers with questions about getting started in no-till.
Some of the most common questions involve no-till planters and components, including residue removers, seed firming devices and coulters. Other topics over the email network include fertility needs, fertilizer placement, seed depth and diseases.
The list serve is a bulk email, meaning that a question or comment goes to all members on the list. And anybody on the list can respond.
Membership on the list is voluntary and you can leave it anytime you wish, Jasa says.
"To avoid excessive emails, individual emails to a specific person should be sent directly to their personal email address rather than to the list serve," Jasa says.
If you're interested in joining the no-till list serve, send an email to [email protected] with the following information in the message [NOT in the subject line): SUBSCRIBE NO-TILL [add your name]. Don't include any other text or a signature block because the list serve computer will try to interpret each line as a command. "This is an automatic conducted by a computer and no human will see this email," he adds.
To share information with list members, send an email from any computer to: [email protected] with you question or comment as the message. You can use the subject line.
To remove yourself from the list, send an email to: [email protected] with the following information in the message [NOT in the subject line]: UNSUBSCRIBE NO-TILL without any other text or signature block.
Jasa says the list won't be used to for commercial purposes or advertisements. From time to time, information about meetings, field days or other no-till events will be posted.
For more information, send an email to Paul Jasa at: [email protected] or call 402-472-6715.