Although farmers understand soil compaction is an important issue, they are now becoming more serious than ever about its management. Compaction can threaten potato plants in a number of negative ways. Farmers must often make the decision to enter a field when conditions don’t lend themselves well to compaction prevention. However, a wholistic approach throughout the year employing the latest strategies will ensure the effects of soil compaction are minimized, year in and year out.
Has been a regional extension educator with the University of Minnesota Extension for more than 23 years. Her area of specialization includes tillage management systems, soil compaction, and soil health management. She has published many factsheets, articles, and peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at numerous state-wide and regional meetings. She has organized the Conservation Tillage Conference and Strip Tillage Expos throughout Minnesota. She works primarily with producers, ag business, government agencies, and crop consultants in Western Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Matt Ramsay is a director and operator of Oyster Cove Farms Ltd. in Kensington, P.E.I. Oyster Cove Farms is a fifth-generation farm and is also owned and operated by Matt’s father, John, and brothers, Ben and Michael. At the farm, the Ramsays grow 500 acres of processing potatoes and 400 acres of grain as well as organic potatoes, peas, and hemp. Matt is active with the Kensington North Watershed Association, sits on the board for the P.E.I. Soil and Crop Improvement Association, and is a director with the P.E.I. Organic Producers Cooperative.Webinar Host
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