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History of No Till & No Till Field Day

By Erik Taylor
By etaylor@wbbjtv.com

MILAN, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee's No Till Field Day is slated for this Thursday at the Agriculture Research and Education Center in Milan.

The way these crops are farmed has saved more than 900 million tons of Tennessee soil from washing down the Mississippi River.

"No Till saves soil, toil, and oil. It does save all those things plus reduces labor and fuel costs which economically effect the farming community." Dr. Donald Tyler, Professor Bio-engineering and Soil Science, says.

No-till farming has put the University of Tennessee on the map by stopping a crisis in soil erosion right here in West Tennessee. With no-till farming, crops are planted directly into a residual crop from the previous season.

"The field day began to showcase that technique to our farmers. Here we are 30 some odd years later still talking about it." Dr. Blake Brown, Director of Agriculture Research and Education Center in Milan, says.

U. T officials estimate more than 70 percent of farms in the state are no-till. No-Till day in Milan is now less about teaching the techniques and more about incorporating new ones. The event is set to showcase some of the latest advances in agriculture especially in technological innovation.

"We learned that there were a lot of benefits that require fewer trips across the field with equipment that leads to less labor, less wear and tear on equipment, reduce fuel use, and other benefits such as increasing organic matter. It also helps with the amount of organic matter produced and water the soil will take up." Dr. Brown, says.

For more information on the field day along with the history behind it you can visit our website and click on the"Seen On 7" section or visit the West Tennessee Agriculture Museum located at the extension facility off of Ledbetter Rd. in Milan.