The event offers several research-based presentations led by academic experts. Sessions cover optimum management strategies for no-till crop production, including nutrient enhancement, water use, new technologies in pest control and advancements in plant breeding.
No-till farming is a practice that eliminates plowing before planting. The technique is proven to reduce both soil erosion and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving farm efficiency and the organic matter and biodiversity in farm soils.
Visitors to the Milan No-Till Field Day can hear presentations on research involving every major row crop grown in Tennessee. Other topics of interest include weed, insect and disease management research, nutrient loss reduction strategies, cover crop management and new research findings involving pollinator health. In 2014, these educational sessions drew nearly 2,500 visitors from 19 states and multiple countries.
Additionally, visitors can participate in a hands-on community service activity titled, “Farmers vs. Hunger.” Participants will package meals to be distributed at local food banks. At the 2014 Milan No-Till Field Day, volunteers packaged more than 28,000 meals.
The event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 6 a.m. with presentations and an agricultural industry trade show beginning at 7 a.m. The field day will conclude at 2 p.m.