National No-Tillage Conference


Join us for the 26th annual event Jan. 9-12, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. at the Galt House Hotel. Call us toll-free at (866) 839-8455 or register online for just $329 – a $50.00 savings off the onsite rate. Save even more when you register additional farm/family members for just $302 each!

Be sure to make your hotel room reservations online or by calling (502) 589-5200. Room rates are $104 for deluxe guestrooms in the Rivue Tower and $134 for executive suites in the Suite Tower. Rooms fill up fast, so we recommend you book your room early.

PLUS: Gain pesticide recertification and continuing education credits

More than 100 cutting-edge, money-making sessions over 4 days, delivering insightful learning and unlimited networking with the best of the no-till community.




NRCS district conservationist, Manchester, Tennessee

Daugherty will share results of his district’s 3-year study on cover crops seeded on 18 different farms, discussing the benefits to soil biological activity, as well as yields for corn, soybeans and wheat. He’ll also delve into the economic payback covers provided on these farms.


Merlin, Ontario No-Tiller and Nuffield Scholar

Vince will share how he takes sunlight, water and carbon dioxide and makes them into products he can sell. The Nuffield Scholar recipient in 2013 will reveal in-depth details on how his no-till, cover crop system has evolved over time and why roots, not iron, is the solution to clean up the Lake Erie watershed. Vince will also talk about results he’s seeing from data collection devices installed on his farm’s tile drains to measure nutrients being lost, and how he even convinced a neighbor who isn’t no-tilling to do it.


Soil Health Expert, Seymour, Mo.

Archuleta, who retired from the NRCS and is working in the private sector, will share the tenets of building ecological and economic integrity on farms and challenge attendees to take part in the ecological revolution occurring that is nurturing new types of leaders in the ag community. He’ll also show attendees how using new soil assessment tools, systems thinking and an ecological understanding of soils can help them confidently reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers and other chemical inputs without sacrificing yields.


No-Tiller, Hickory, N.C.

Hedrick will share how he’s successfully integrated no-till practices, cover crops, grazing livestock and precision technology on his 1,000-acre operation, and how evaluating on-farm data helps him no-till non-GMO corn and soybeans, white wheat and other crops profitably, rather than simply chasing yields. He’ll also discuss how integrating cover crops and mob grazing for pasture cows, Katahdin sheep and Berkshire pigs improved soil health, increased brix levels in plants and extended the time his farm ground is earning money.



Kelley Tilmon, field crop specialist, Wooster, Ohio
Slugs can cause significant damage in field crops and are a particular problem in no-till operations, with no easy answers on management. Kelley Tilmon, field crop specialist at Ohio State University Extension, will discuss slug biology and management, including factors that relate to slug problems, and some of the different control measures that are available to deal with them. Tilmon will also discuss strategies to combat the western bean cutworm, which has become an increasingly important corn pest in the Midwest as some Bt hybrids have become less and less effective. Tilmon will discuss the rise of Bt resistance in western bean cutworm, pest biology and practical management strategies.

Bob Wolf, Spray Application Expert, Mahomet, IL
The recent emphasis on adhering to the new dicamba product labels to make drift-mitigating applications has many growers and applicators confused on how to properly apply the crop protection products they’ll be using, says Bob Wolf. The longtime application expert and owner of Mahomet, Ill.-based Wolf Consulting and Research will host one session that will discuss the best nozzle options for various herbicides, fungicides and insecticides and provide pointers on how to achieve the desired results while minimizing spray drift. In another session, Wolf will share tips and information to help growers and applicators gain a better understanding of the application-specific requirements on labels for Xtendimax, FeXapan, Engenia and Enlist Duo herbicide-tolerant cropping systems and discussion any potential changes that may occur for the 2018 spraying season.


Dan Towery & Hans Kok, Indiana Conservation Experts
Even though many no-tillers are seeding cover crops, whole regions of the Corn Belt are only using cereal rye. As a result, farmers are missing out on the potential benefits of adding legumes, brassicas and other grasses, according to Dan Towery and Hans Kok. The conservation consultants from Indiana will discuss opportunities no-tillers should explore for increasing cover crop diversity in their farm operation, while still increasing yields and realizing soil health benefits. The pair will also discuss how decisions on seeding and termination affect how long cover crops can grow. They'll share processes no-tillers can use to evaluate whether increasing diversification is worth the added cost and effort, and other opportunities that may arise from adding wheat, barley or oats to corn-soybean rotations.

Tim Waltz, no-tiller, Van Wert, Ohio
No-till wasn’t a quick fix on Waltz Farms during the 1980s when his family was seeking to cut labor, fuel expenses and reduce erosion. But after three decades of adjusting and fine-tuning his practices, Tim Waltz’s 100% no-till system is increasing crop yields without hiking input costs. Waltz will describe how his no-till planting machines and technology have evolved over time, and how seeding multi-species cover crops behind wheat and cereal rye after corn and soybeans — as well as building a controlled traffic system — helped reduced compaction and make his Van Wert, Ohio, farm’s tough clay soils more productive. He’ll also touch on some recent success he’s had convincing landlords to accept no-till practices.


John Grove, no-till researcher, University of Kentucky
John Grove, director of the University of Kentucky’s Research and Education Center, will share decades of valuable data assembled on long-term no-till research plots studying specific crops, cropping rotations and tillage practices and their effect on nutrient management. Some of the results may surprise you. Grove will also host a discussion of the ever-growing list of options for measuring and managing soil and plant fertility and health, and discuss how to integrate nutrient management practices and products for more cost effective no-till crop nutrition.

Marion Calmer, no-tiller, Alpha, Ill.
Marion Calmer knows a properly adjusted com­bine will allow no-tillers to harvest every kernel possible, but they also need to process residue so they can no-till next year’s crop with limited interference from last year’s trash. Calmer will offer his best tips for a highly function­ing combine, including his No. 1 most profitable combine adjustment. He’ll also host a discussion on the major benefits and challenges that need to be overcome in successfully no-tilling corn and soybeans in ultra-narrow-row systems, including how to manage residue buildup.


Alison Vogel, Crop Physiology Research Assistant, University of Illinois
Dealing with excessive residue can be a problem for many growers no-tilling continuous corn, or dealing with other high-volume residue situations such as increased planting populations or crops that produce greater-than-average yields, says Alison Vogel. The crop physiology research assistant at the University of Illinois — who’s been working under the guidance of crop physiologist Fred Below — will share ongoing research and results of varying fall harvest methods and chemical treatments to enhance residue decay in different crop rotations. She will also discuss the impact of standard vs. high-input systems on final grain yield, and on decreasing the magnitude of the continuous corn yield penalty.

Gordon & Jeff Smiley, no-tillers, Greensburg, Ind.
Many no-tillers would like to add manure, or increase their use of it, on their farm as a more economical option to increase soil fertility. With more states requiring manure to be placed beneath the soil surface, some growers worry incorporating manure will disturb their no-tilled soils too much. No-tillers Gordon and Jeff Smiley will discuss the success they’re having using a dragline system with wavy coulters to inject swine manure to build soil fertility and increase crop yields for corn, soybeans and barley through reducing compaction. The Greensburg, Ind., growers will also share how they’re pairing manure and cover crops to increase soil health another notch.

John Macauley, no-tiller, Groveland, NY
Moving Away from ‘Conventional’ Thinking Breeds Success with No-Till, Covers and Livestock John Macauley’s no-till journey has been an evolution, as his 1,200-acre operation, founded in 1936, has in 8 years shifted away from decades of conventional tillage to a mix of no-till and strip-till practices, and then to 100% no-till. The Groveland, N.Y., no-tiller and beef producer will discuss how he’s integrated livestock and multi-species cover crop mixes with his corn, soybean, wheat and hay rotation, and how he’s using some outside-the-box thinking to spread pack manure on covers, rather than incorporating it, to preserve soil structure and health.

Don't Miss These Two Exclusive Pre-Conference Workshops
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Soil Fertility Expert, Charleston, MO.

Maximizing Yields in Your Best No-Till Fields 
Tuesday, January 9, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Limited to 100 attendees | $75 to attend

Neal Kinsey, a world renowned soil fertility expert from Charleston, Mo., and author of Hands-On Agronomy, will lead a 3-hour workshop designed to help no-tillers increase soil fertility levels for higher, more profitable production on their better-producing soils, rather than focusing time and money on bringing bottom yields up. Key areas that Kinsey will cover include:

  • Evaluating soil and tissue tests for nutrient needs
  • Thorough scouting of fields to verify what the reports show to aid in fine-tuning nutrient strategies
  • A look at various soil test reports where nutrient practices could be improved and tips for correction.


Precision Ag Services Owner and no-till
planter expert, Minister, Ohio.

No-Till 101: Get Planting Off to a Better Start
Tuesday, January 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Limited to 100 attendees | $75 to attend

Getting seed into the ground properly in a no-till environment can be challenging — even for veterans. But basic knowledge of proper attachments, setups and checklists for no-till planters can make your transition a little easier.

Bill Lehmkuhl, owner of Precision Agri Services and no-till planter expert from Minster, Ohio, will provide attendees of this exclusive workshop — focused solely for those who are new to no-till — with valuable tips and techniques for dealing with basic planter equipment, setup and operation. No-till attachments, frame and hitch adjustments, seed tubes, meter calibration, planting rates and speeds, maintenance, dealing with a no-till seeding environment and much more will be covered.

Sign up for this workshop when you register for the conference >>


“I am walking away with 6 to 8 ideas that I would at least like to try on a small amount of acres.”
— Benoit Delbecq, Auburn, Ind.

“Aside from the best 4 days of planting, these are my farm’s best 4 days of the year.” 
— Joe Keller, Prairie du Sac, Wis.

“Seeing the successes and failures of other farmers at this event helps guide ideas and the decisions we make for our farm.” 
— Jordan Wall, Ridgeville, Iowa

“The networking with farmers that takes place at this conference, they almost become like family.”
— Joseph Karn, Mariah Hill, Ind.




Cost of the 2018 NNTC:

Register now for only $329 — a $50.00 savings off the onsite rate. Save even more when you register additional farm or family members for just $302.

You may also download the registration form and fax or mail it back with payment.

Hotel Reservations:

The Galt House Hotel will be the host site for the 2018 event. Deluxe guestrooms are available for $104 per night in the Rivue Tower or executive suites are available for $134 per night in the Suite Tower.

To reserve your room, please call 502-589-5200 or book your room online. Make sure you mention the "National No-Tillage Conference" to get the special room rates. Hotel room cut-off is December 17, 2017, or until allocated rooms are sold out.

2018 Speaker Program JUST RELEASED:

Behind the theme, “Building More Profitable No-Till Systems,” we’ve lined up nearly 40 top-notch no-tillers, agronomists, research­ers and other no-till experts to deliver innovative ideas that can help you get the most out of your no-till farming system. This 26th annual conference offers 13 General Sessions, 24 No-Till Classrooms and 80 No-Till Roundtables. Plus, valuable pesticide recertification and Certi­fied Crop Advisor credits are available to qualifying attendees. View the program now >>

2018 NNTC Sponsors:

For information about each of the 2018 National No-Tillage Conference sponsors click here.

CCA/Pesticide Recertification Credits:

The Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) program approved 34.5 credits last year for the 25th annual conference in St. Louis. The maximum number of CCA credits attendees could earn for the event were 14.5 for those that attended the special workshop led by Wendy Taheri; otherwise, 11.5 was the maximum number of credits that could have been earned. See last year's approved sessions and credits.