Submitted to: Annual Southern Conservation Tillage Conference for Sustainable Agriculture
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/18/2008
Publication Date: 8/25/2008
Citation: Endale, D.M. 2008. Proceedings of the 30th Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems Conference and the 8th Annual Georgia Conservation Production Systems Training Conference, Tifton, Georgia, July 29-31, 2008. Annual Southern Conservation Tillage Conference for Sustainable Agriculture. In: (Endale, D.M., Ed.). 2008 Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems Conference and Conservation Tillage School Conference, July 29-31, 2008, UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Georgia. p. 173.
Interpretive Summary: The benefits of conservation tillage such as water conservation, reduced runoff, reduced dust in the air, reduced labor needs and fuel savings are widely shared among scientists, researcher and extension personnel. However the information needs to reach and the practice needs adoption by as large number of producer groups as possible. As part of this effort, scientists, researchers and extension personnel in southeastern United States from federal, state and local agencies have been holding an Annual Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems Conference (SCASC) since 1978 to promote the adoption of conservation tillage. Since 2000, the University of Georgia has been holding an Annual Conservation Production Systems Training Conference (CPSTC) for farmers and extension personnel. In 2008 the two groups decided to hold a joint conference on 29-31 July at The University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference in Tifton, GA to increase the impact of the outreach to farmers, extension and research personnel. In this publication, forty three presentation made at the joint 30th SCASC and 8th CPSTC Conference are highlighted and cover topics including precision agricultural tools and economics, water and irrigation issues, cutting edge technology, implementation and monitoring, organic production, pest management and bio-energy shifts. Producers, extension agents, local, state and federal agencies involved in enhancing sustainable agricultural practices through adoption of conservation tillage would find these presentations very useful.
Technical Abstract: This 2008 conference to be held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, GA, on 29-31 July 2008, will be a joint effort of the 30th Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems Conference (SCASC) and the 8th Annual Conservation Production Systems Training Conference (CPSTC). The three day conference is designed to educate/share information about the many different aspects of conservation tillage and precision agriculture between farmers, researchers, extension agents, and NRCS personnel in an interactive setting. The theme of the conference is “Conservation Tillage Systems in a Changing World” promoting hands-on use of precision agriculture technologies to get the most out of conservation tillage systems. This proceeding publication covers forty three presentations made at the conference in topics covering precision agriculture management tools and economics, water and irrigation issues, cutting edge technology, implementation and monitoring, organic production, pest management and bio-energy shifts.