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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIST OF EVENTS
Milan No-Till Field Day
July 24, 2014 — Milan, Tenn.
Every other year the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture hosts the Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day. This year it will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the UT AgResearch and Education Center in Milan.
Event registration begins at 6 a.m. with research tours starting at 7 a.m. The program has been expanded to include research tours that focus on important agricultural issues such as weed control, seed treatments, precision ag and irrigation, as well as specific tours for each of the major row crops grown in Tennessee. Most tours take 1 hour and 30 minutes. The final tours begin at 1 p.m.
The event is free and includes a trade show. For more information, click here, or contact the Research and Education Center at Milan at 731-686-7362 or email@example.com.
CCSI Manure Management Field Day
July 29, 2014 — North Manchester, Ind.
The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative is hosting a manure management field day on Tuesday, July 29, from 8:30 a.m. to noon EST at Brubaker Farms in North Manchester. Topics include:
- Nutrient management of liquid and dry manures/regulatory requirements
- Variable-rate manure application technology
- Including manures in a no-till system to improve soil health
- Potential effects of manures on water quality
Various types of applications will be demonstrated throughout the event. The field day is free, but registration is requested by July 22 to ensure adequate seating and refreshments. For more information or to register, visit www.ManureMgmt14.EventBrite.com or call 260-563-7486 ext. 3.
National Strip-Tillage Conference
July 30-31, 2014 — Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The first National Strip-Tillage Conference will take place at the Marriott Hotel in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this July. Featuring speakers like world-renowned soil biologist Jill Clapperton, Purdue University cropping and tillage specialist Tony Vyn and Kenton, Ohio, strip-tiller Brian Watkins, the conference will have nearly 50 sessions in 2 days. Click here to download a pdf of the 8-page conference program with all of the presentation summaries and speakers.
The National Strip-Tillage Conference is $199 and $179 for additional farm or family members. There's also a special 3-hour workshop on measuring your soil health with Jill Clapperton in the morning of July 30, prior to the official 1 p.m. start of the conference. The workshop is $50 and is open to the first 60 conference attendees to register.
For more information or to register online, visit the conference Web site at www.striptillconference.com.
No-Till Seeding School
August 4, 2014 — Lincoln, Kan.
Exapta will host its No-Till Seeding School at Alan Aufdemberge's farm near Lincoln on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Exapta founder and president Matt Hagny will be the main presenter and will demonstrate a wide assortment of mis-adjustments and attachments for no-till planters and drills. Attendees will learn some of the interactions among the settings and components of seed openers, and will also get a sneak peek at some of the latest developments and soon-to-be released technology.
The event is offered in two sessions. The morning session will go from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes lunch, while the afternoon session will run from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and includes dinner. Registration is $65 and is limited. Register by calling 785-820-8000 (Visa, Master Card and Discover are accepted; or pay by check if mailed sufficiently early). Questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No-Till on the Plains Summer Bus Tour
August 5-8, 2014 — Kansas and Oklahoma
No-Till on the Plains is hosting its annual bus tour on a route that will start in Salina, Kan., and work through Oklahoma. Attendees will visit 7 farms, where they'll see long-term no-till fields, cover crop plots, cover crops used for forage and soil pits. Participants will also get the opportunity to network with professional no-till experts and long-term producers on the bus.
A visit to the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is planned on Aug. 6 where participants will stay on the Noble Foundation campus, learn about the services and tour the facilities.
A full agenda is available here. Registration is available online at www.notill.org under Events, or by calling 888-330-5142. The cost is $675 per person for double occupancy lodging, and $825 per person for single occupancy. Very limited numbers of single rooms are available.
The deadline for registration has been extended to July 31, 2014.
CCSI Soil Health Expo: Role Of Precision Ag in Soil Health Systems
August 6, 2014 — Evansville, Ind.
The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative will host a soil health expo focusing on the role of precision ag in soil health systems on Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in Evansville.
CCSI farmer Mike Schuter will discuss sprayer modifications to VRA N into ate-season corn, as well as seeding cover crops into standing corn, and Randall Reeder, an Ohio State University professor emeritus, will discuss the use of technology and soil health practices to avoid and address compaction. Phil Gordon of Gordon & Associates will also present development and use of management zones. There will be a UAV demonstration for crop scouting.
The cost is $10 and registration is requested by July 31 online at www.SoilHealthExpo14.EventBrite.com or by calling 812-354-6120 ext. 3.
Soil Health, 4R, Cover Crop Tour Of David Brandt's Farm
August 21, 2014 — Carroll, Ohio
A Soil Health, 4R and Cover Crop Tour will go to David Brandt's farm on Aug. 21. The 5-hour tour of Brandt's farm includes a meal and a free Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide. The bus will leave the Extension parking lot next to the Putnam County fairgrounds at 7 a.m. and expects to return around 5 p.m.
Registration is $20 and must be received by Aug. 7 for a bus seat reservation. Space will be limited after Aug. 7. For more details and to register, contact the Putnam County Extension office at 419-523-6294.
Wheat Drilling Clinics
August 21 & 22 — To Be Announced
No-till on the Plains and the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association will offer two wheat drilling clinics with Phil Needham on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22. These all-day events will cover the benefits and challenges of popular drills, and discuss after-market improvements to drills to boost performance and yield.
A detailed agenda with locations and cost will be available June 1. Registration will open on the Web site www.HighPlainsNoTill.com on July 7. Registration is limited to 75 per event.
CCSI Farming For Soil Health: Power Of Soil Biology
August 22, 2014 — Muncie, Ind.
Ray Archuleta and Barry Fisher of the NRCS team up with CCSI farmer Mike Werling to help attendees understand How Soil Functions; How Soil Health Affects Nutrient Cycling; and a farmer's perspective on Conservation Cropping Systems, Soil Health and Water Quality.
The event is free but seating is limited. Registration is required by Aug. 15. Register here or call 765-747-7732.
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.