The University of Minnesota Extension Service, Manitoba Ag and Resource Council and North Dakota State University will be sponsoring the Northern Soil Compaction Conference on June 22 and 23, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Central Standard Time. Many of the virtual conferences and programs this winter have been free but this one is for both days is just $50. You can register and get more information at: z.umn.edu/NSCC2021.

Compaction concerns have increased over the last few years for a couple reasons. First combines, grain carts, tractors and other equipment has increased in size and weight. Plus, we have been in a wetter pattern and wet soils are more prone compaction that dry soils. Compacted soils restrict root growth, water infiltration and can result in more crop diseases just to name a few negative impacts of compaction.

The Northern Soil Compaction Conference will have technical advice with speakers from the United States, Canada and Sweden. There will be a discussion on ways to fix compaction including cover crops, crop rotations, tire inflation, tracks, axle loads, and tillage. Plus recommendations on how to minimize compaction in the future.

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