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No-Till Field Day Set for Thursday

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

HENRY CO., Tenn.-There was a time in Tennessee when sloped land was just about useless because of frequent soil erosion.

Now, thanks to the no-till method, that was partially developed in West Tennessee, hilly terrain can actually be productive.

UT Ag Institute experts said the method makes it possible for pastures to become row crop land.

The method uses techniques, where a plow never touches the soil, and the current crop is planted on top of the residue of past crops.

"No-till has really added maybe as much to the nutrient levels, holding nutrients in and building up the soil, " said Ranson Goodman of UT Extension, Henry County. "No-till in general has really lead us to being able to farm this land and make it productive and keep it productive through the years and cut back on our erosion."

Farmers and ag producers from all across the country will be in Milan, Thursday to learn more about the farming technique during the 27th annual No-Till Field Day at the Milan UT Center for Ag Research and Education.