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No-Till, Strip-Till & Cover Crop Events
Following is a list of no-till educational events and field days. This listing is free to event organizers. However, the event must be focused on no-till, strip-till or other conservation-tillage practices and is subject to No-Till Farmer's approval.
To submit your event, please e-mail the event's name, date, location and a summary of event highlights — as well as a contact's name, phone number e-mail address, and registration and fee information — to email@example.com.
LIST OF EVENTS
5th Winter Annual Winter Clinic
December 15, 2014 — Danville, Ind.
The 5th annual winter clinic hosted by no-tiller Mike Starkey and the Hendricks County SWCD will be held on Monday, Dec. 15 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex.
Speakers this year include Missy Bauer, an independent crop consultant with B&M Crop Consulting in Coldwater, Mich., no-tiller and cover-crop user Ray McCormick, and no-tiller and strip-tiller Jamie Scott. Bauer will do an in-field planter setup and discuss assessing soil density in a no-till environment. McCormick will talk about applying cover crops with a combine, and Scott will share his experiences with aerial application of cover crops, as well as his favorite mixes. There will also be a panel Q&A session.
CCA credits have also been approved. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $50. Click here to see the full agenda and print a registration form. Contact Hendricks SWCD at 317-745-2555 for more information.
Pennsylvania Soil Health Workshops
Several Locations Throughout December
Penn State Extension is hosting four Soil Health Workshops in various locations in December 2014. The workshops will focus on the science and art of soil health — what it is, how it's measured and how it can be improved — and how healthy soils promote sustainable high yields.
The workshops will be held at the following locations and dates:
Friday, Dec. 12
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Contact: Joel Hunter, 814-333-7460
No charge; Register by Dec. 10.
Tuesday, Dec. 16
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
Contact: Jeff Graybill, 717-394-6851
No charge; Register by Dec. 15
Wednesday, Dec. 17
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Stoll Natural Resource Center, 200 Lake Road, Towanda, PA 18848
Contact: Mark Madden, 570-928-8941
No charge; Register by Dec. 15
Friday, Dec. 19
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Berks County Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533
Contact: Mena Hautau, 610-378-1327
No charge; Register by Dec. 17
Kentucky No-Till And Soil Health Forum
December 17, 2014 — Princeton, Ky.
A no-till and soil health forum will be held at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST. Leaders in no-till and cover-crop farming will discuss the benefits, opportunities and challenges associated with improving the health and function of their soils through the adoption of soil health management systems.
There will also be a farmer panel. On the panel is:
- Jerry Peery, grain farmer from Hickman County
- Robert Emmerson, grain farmer from Graves County
- Richard Hughes, grain farmer from Logan County
- Bobby James, tobacco and grain farmer from Fayette County
- Brent Cornett, tobacco and grain farmer from Laurel County
Registration starts at 9 a.m. with coffee and donuts. Directions to the center can be found here. RSVP to Steve Blanford at 859-224-7607 by Nov. 30.
Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health
January 7, 2015 — Ottawa, Ohio
This workshop will offer growers an advanced, marathon session on cover crops with the opportunity to work hands-on with soils and seeds, as well as learn about specific cover crops. Topics for the day include ECO farming — Ecological farming practices; soil ecology and nutrient recycling; using cover crops to adapt to extreme weather, biology of soil compaction; soil demonstrations; economics of cover crops; using the cover crop selector tool; growing nitrogen; using grasses and brassicas in your crop rotation; using cover crops in a crop rotation; and keeping phosphorus in the soil profile.
The workshop will be held at the Putnam County Extension office in Ottawa from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $25 and includes lunch, handouts, fact sheets and a new Midwest Cover Crop Field Guide. To register, call 419-523-6294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Plains Producer & Land Owner Soil Health Conference
January 13-14, 2015 — Ft. Worth, Texas
Green Cover Seed is hosting the Southern Plains Producer and Land Owner Soil Health Conference on Jan. 13 and 14 at the Best Western Plus in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Featuring keynote speakers Gabe Brown, Scott Ravenkamp, Robin and Kelly Griffeth, and Paul Jasa, the conference will focus on the five keys to soil health: keeping the soil covered, minimizing soil disturbance, crop diversity, keeping living roots in the soil at all times, and integration of livestock. There will also be 8 to 10 growers from Texas and Oklahoma who will share their individual experiences with soil health and how it's affected their operations.
Registration information will be available soon.
23rd Annual National No-Tillage Conference
January 14-17, 2015 — Cincinnati, Ohio
The 23rd Annual National No-Tillage Conference will be held Jan. 14-17, 2015 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 4-day program will feature 17 general session speakers, 29 classrooms, 75 roundtables and hours of hallway networking.
Register by Jan. 31, 2014, and receive the discounted rate of $229 — a $130 savings off the onsite rate. Online registration will open shortly, but registration forms can currently be downloaded and faxed or mailed in. For hotel reservations, contact the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, located at 35 W. Fifth St. in Cincinnati, at 1-800-445-8667 and mention the "National No-Tillage Conference" to receive the $104 per night rate.
More information will become available at NoTillConference.com.
Crop Health Workshop
January 26, 2015 — Salina, Kan.
Pinnacle Crop Technologies is hosting a crop health workshop on Monday, Jan. 26 at the Ambassador Hotel in Salina. The workshop will help no-tillers increase profits (and/or decrease risk) with minimal additional cost or labor, while improving the soil.
With some topics running out of time last year, the workshop is pushing those topics earlier into the schedule — specifically nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer additives, as well as discussion on what sources, methods and time for applying N, P and S are most effective in no-till. Other topics include controlling glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigweeds, kochia, marestail and waterhemp; tricks for maximizing herbicide performance; preventing and alleviating soil compaction and more. Speakers include Pinnacle's Matt Hagny, Aurora Co-op agronomist and staunch no-till advocate Leland Baxa, and John Grove from the University of Kentucky. More information is available on Pinnacle's website.
The workshop will be held from 9am to 6pm. Cost is $200, which will increase to $275 if registration is received after Jan. 18. Lunch, snacks and beverages are included. Registration is limited to 200 people.
To register, mail your name, contact information and payment to:
Pinnacle Crop Tech
PO Box 298
Kechi, KS 67067-0298
Or call 316-303-2040 to pay by credit card. (A $7.65 convenience fee will be added.)
No-till on the Plains Winter Conference,
Agriculture's Innovative Minds Symposium
January 27-28, 2015 — Salina, Kan.
No-till on the Plains will host its annual Winter Conference in Salina on Jan.27-28 with this year's theme as "Unlock the Potential on Your Farm." The conference will feature speakers from across the plains, sharing their experiences with continuous no-till systems. A large no-till trade show is included, and will feature the Industry Morning Marketplace presentations from many sponsors and exhibitors on the morning of Jan. 27.
The organization will also host the annual Agriculture's Innovative Minds Symposium the day after the Winter Conference on Jan. 29. This day will go more in-depth on various aspects of no-till, cover crops and soil health. This year's theme is "Healthier Soil, Healthier Plants, Healthier Foods."
Both events will be held at the Bicentennial Center. Registration for the Winter Conference is $175 before Jan. 10 and increases to $225 thereafter. Registration for the AIM Symposium is $199, with pre-registration before Jan. 10 required. Growers planning on attending both events can register for $324 but must be registered by Jan. 10.
For more information and to register, visit www.notill.org.
Farming Evolution 2015
February 12-13, 2015 — Holyoke, Colo.
No-tiller and rancher Gabe Brown and NRCS conservation agronomist Ray Archuleta will focus on unconventional farming ideas and improving soil health at the Farming Evolution 2015 in Holyoke. Brown, who is able to produce corn at 78% less than the cost of the U.S. average, will talk about how he works with nature on his farm in North Dakota. Archuleta will demonstrate and discuss what a healthy soil is.
Thursday's program will be focused on cropland while Friday will be centered on rangeland. Cost to attend is $19 for one day or $25 for both days. Lunch is included in registration.
For more information on the event as well as online registration, click here.
Iowa Cover Crops Conference
February 17-18, 2015 — West Des Moines, Iowa
The Iowa Cover Crops Conference will provide a forum for farmers, industry leaders and agribusiness professional to exchange information, discuss opportunities for collaboration, learn about successful cover cropping practices and troubleshoot challenges that may be encountered.
More details and online registration are available at the event website. Cost is $99 if registered by Jan. 27, 2015.
70th Annual International SWCS Conference
July 26-29, 2015 — Greensboro, N.C.
The 70th Annual International SWCS Conference will be held at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro on July 26 -29. More information will become available as it's announced.