The Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems Conference (SCASC), “The Next Step after Conservation Tillage,” is scheduled for June 25–27, 2007, at the North Florida Research & Education Center in Quincy, Fla.

The focus of this year’s conference is on the use of perennial grasses in rotation with row crops. Many of the best soils in the United States were in native grasses that built up soil organic matter before being turned under and planted to annual crops.

Long-term studies show these soils have lost organic matter and soil nitrogen and other quality factors over the last 100 years as they continue to be cropped with annual crops.

The primary mission of the SCASC is to provide a medium for exchanging information about conservation-tillage and related technology between and among researchers, Extension personnel, NRCS personnel, crop consultants, agrochemical companies and farmers.

The primary goal of most conservation-tillage research is to develop improved technology to increase yields and/or profitability of agricultural crops and livestock while maintaining or improving the quality of soil and water resources available for agricultural, domestic and recreational uses.

The overall objective of the SCASC is to expand conservation-tillage systems in the southern United States for the purpose of controlling erosion and reducing environmental degradation.

For more information about this year’s conference, call (765) 494-9555.