No-till on the Plains will take registrations until June 10 for its "Points North No-till Bus Tour" to be held July 30 –Aug. 3.
Ray Ward, founder and owner of Ward Soil Laboratory in Kearney, and no-till producer Gail Fuller of Emporia, Kan., will share their experiences during the trip. The tour will include several stops and the opportunity to network with fellow producers, according to Brian Lindley, executive director of No-till on the Plains, which is based in Kansas.
Dwayne Beck and the Dakota Lakes Research Farm at Pierre, S.D., will kick off the first stop on the tour. Beck will guide attendees through his multitude of crop plots, including cover crops. He will also discuss rotations, microbiology, water storage, nutrient cycling, weed control and profitability.
The tour will then progress north to visit the Burleigh County, North Dakota, Conservation District's Menoken Farm. Several top North Dakota producers, many of whom incorporate livestock and grazing, will also give presentations there.
"The value of the information shared by these producers in North Dakota will be absolutely tremendous," says Lindley. "Their focus is on soil health and all of the benefits that can be attributed to soil health."
A stop at Ward Laboratories in Kearney will take place on the return trip. This soil testing lab founded by Ward has worked extensively with the soils and crops of the Great Plains.
The tour will conclude with a stop at Green Cover Seed in Bladen, where brothers Brian and Keith Berns recently upgraded their facilities and have a large seed business specializing in cover crops.
Registration for the tour is $900 which includes travel and double-occupancy lodging. For more information the tour, contact No-till on the Plains at 888-330-5142 or go to www.notill.org.