This year’s Annual Conference of California’s Conservation Tillage Workgroup will feature field demonstration workshops on no-till/high residue and strip-tillage production systems for corn, cotton and tomatoes.

The workshop scheduled for Oct. 19 at the University of California West Side Research and Extension Center also will provide an opportunity for interactive discussions with farmers, researchers and private sector partners who are actively working to develop and refine a variety of CT approaches.

CT2006 provides cutting-edge information, know-how, potential pitfalls, and practical how-to experience for successfully transitioning to CT corn, cotton and tomatoes.

This year’s conference is focused on farmers, ag support companies and custom operators, NRCS conservationists, and farm machinery suppliers.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. CT2006 begins at 9 a.m.

Conference attendees will participate in two CT field workshops and a panel discussion. The workshops will focus on no-till, high residue planting systems, and strip-tillage approaches for corn, cotton and tomatoes.

Experienced CT farmers and experts will lead the workshops. Following these field workshops, a panel discussion will take place

on the topic: “Emerging CT systems - What’s Working and What Isn’t?” This discussion will provide information on what sorts of CT systems have become successful in the Central Valley and also what sorts of issues or challenges have been encountered.

Lunch will follow with presentation of the 2006 CT Farmer Innovator Award and a key note address by California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary CDFA A.G. Kawamura.

For more information contact UC vegetable crop specialist Jeff Mitchell at the UC Kearney Ag Center.

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