The 30th Annual Milan No-till Field Day offered ample evidence for why 96 percent of Tennessee farmers have adopted conservation tillage practices over the past two decades.
Attendees saw first-hand how no-till practices help hold moisture in the soil, limit runoff and erosion and increase soil organic matter.
Presentations featured research on cover crops, precision agriculture, weed, disease and pest management, equipment, variety trials, and new technology.
Blake Brown, director of The Research & Education Center at Milan, said the 30th Milan Field Day was a good one.
“Weather was good. We always say we get the hottest day of the year for the field day. Today was pleasant. Attendance numbers look good. We had a good program and a lot of interest.”
Brown said no-till and conservation till system adoption has been exceptional.
A new push, he added, is use of cover crops. “We’ve used cover crops for years, but not the kinds of mixes we’re researching today.”