The 32nd National No-Tillage Conference will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel & Conference Center Jan. 9-12, 2024. A focused 4-day program covers a myriad of topics for profitable results in no-till farming, including equipment set-ups, cover crops, intercropping, economic analyses, soil testing/analysis, fertilizing methods and more.
Learn why the value of soil health is more than just raw numbers and how to assess the value of changes implemented on your own farm During the Champions & Challengers Lecture Series, "What Is No-Till Soil Truly Worth?" Hear from no-tiller from Haxtun, Colo., Roy Pfaltzgraff as he investigates how a transition from tillage to no-till has impacted his 2,200-acre dryland farm’s bottom line. Taking his crop and input data from tillage done in 1991-96, no-till with fallow from 2011-16 and no-till with soil health focus in 2017-22, Pfaltzgraff compiles a side-by-side comparison of the ROI of these three systems and discusses factors beyond the numbers to determine if adding new methods are worth it.
Unique from other ag conferences, the National No-Tillage Conference agenda features a mix of general sessions, classrooms, farmer-to farmer roundtables and face time with suppliers — all designed for maximum networking and the practical transfer of experience and knowledge. The 2024 program lineup includes:
- 12 General Sessions — covering an abundance of proven no-tilling ideas and strategies. You’ll learn from the industry’s leading no-tillers, such as global philanthropist and no-tiller Howard G. Buffett, plus learn the latest research of No-Till Legend and longtime independent on-farm researcher Marion Calmer. Also gain knowledge from No-Till Legend and No-Till Innovator of the Year Alum Paul Jasa about why yield monitor results are only as good as the calibration, how the combine dynamics and operation affect yield monitor output, and what you can learn from last season’s yield monitors and maps.
- 40 Farmer-to-Farmer Roundtables — informal, moderated peer-to-peer discussions on specific no-till topics. Attendees should come with 5 questions to get answered in this proven format for sharing what works and doesn't.
- 25 Classrooms — in-depth presentation-style sessions convey practical, actionable ideas from experienced no-tillers on the most pressing needs.
- Exclusive Pre-Conference Workshop: From Data to Action: How Water Quality Projects Improve No-Till Farming — No-Till Innovator Mike Starkey hosts the 2024 National No-Tillage Conference pre-conference workshop at his farm shop just 30 minutes northwest of Indianapolis. He and Bob Barr, research scientist at Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis, share data from their latest water quality monitoring project and discuss its impact on Starkey’s Brownsburg, Ind., operation and a community of 2 million people. Don’t miss this exclusive chance to examine the 2023 No-Till Innovator Award recipient’s planter and talk shop about the conservation practices on his farm. A sit-down dinner follows the workshop. This special experience has limited attendance, so reserve your spots today! (Additional $149 to attend. Available to conference attendees only. Limited seating. Workshop is 4-6 p.m. Dinner is 6-7:30 p.m. and open to workshop registrants only.)
Advanced registration savings of $50 are available through Dec. 31. Download the full conference agenda and register here.
Title sponsors making the learning and networking opportunities possible for no-tillers include Ag Leader, Martin Industries, Montag Mfg., Laforge, Precision Planting, Wearparts, Midwest Bio-Tech, Sound Agriculture, GS3 Quality Seed, Copperhead Ag, The Andersons, Apache Sprayers, Great Plains Mfg., ForGround by Bayer, Holganix and Yetter Farm Equipment. All companies will exhibit during the 4-day educational event.