Panel Discussion: Farmer experiences with conservation and conventional tillage: benefits, challenges and solutions
Date & Time
Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Jamie Christie Merle Klassen Scott Keller Devin Hartzler

The transition to conservation tillage by farmers in the 1990s and 2000s on the Prairies has had significant benefits in terms of rebuilding soil health, soil organic matter, while reducing soil erosion and nutrient runoff.  Moreover, it has helped producers to better withstand droughts in 2002, 2021 and in some areas in 2023 in terms of stand establishment and/or maintaining a moderate level of productivity.  However, there can be challenges related to mitigating the impacts of cool soil temperatures and/or excessive moisture at the time of seeding, while helping to manage crop residues that may interfere with seeding operations and achieving good seed to soil contact.  It may also be used to deal with ruts created by farm equipment operating under wet soil conditions the previous growing season.  The panel will feature four farmers who will outline their production systems while providing valuable farmer perspectives regarding the risks, benefits and strategies related to their utilization of conventional and/or conservation tillage.