Short seminars on pop-up fertilizer and using a tile plow to install drainage have been added to the daily educational opportunities available at Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, New York.

The advantages of using pop-up fertilizers in direct contact with seed at planting to increase early season nutrient availability to corn and soybean crops will be presented daily from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Welcome Center on the 300-acre showgrounds. It is important to get the application rate right to avoid potential salt injury to the seed, and some products come with the option to add pesticide to a liquid pop-up.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the presentation will discuss how tiling impacts water management for crop production and how farmers can use tile plows to install farm drainage tile or corrugated tubing themselves. It is important to do some homework before making a purchase to make sure the equipment will meet grade tolerance for the soil and topography.

White’s Farm Supply is sponsoring the presentations with guest speakers from manufacturers in Kansas and Minnesota.