Hands down, the one-pass seedbed prep demo was the most popular event at this year’s Outdoor Farm Show held at Woodstock, Ont. Farmers by the hundreds eagerly followed behind each implement, kicking soil and evaluating the job of over 20 conservation-minded tillage units.
The sheer volume of farmers present speaks to farmers’ interest and, dare we say, love of moving soil around. But farmers are also business people and stewards of the land — tillage practices need to evolve, and farmers are keen to do so if it’s going to add to their profitability and sustainability.
Tillage is an art, it’s not a science — Pat Lynch, independent agronomist
In this video, the host of these tillage demos, Pat Lynch, an independent agronomist, explains to Ontario field editor Bernard Tobin that the interest in conservation tillage makes sense, as the equipment and knowledge has evolved to fit in nearly every operation. But while there seems to certainly be a piece of equipment for every farm, not every unit or set up is going to work on every farm. And that, Lynch says, is where the number one question farmers should be asking at these demos comes in. Watch the video for that question and more.
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