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 when to consider different minimal tillage systems in a no-till operation, the economic and environmental impacts of surface-applied phosphorus and potassium, and how yields in the various systems are impacted by nutrient placement during the general session, "Solving Vertical Destratification for Higher Corn Yields." Over the last 5 years, No-Till Legend, No-Till Innovator and longtime independent on-farm researcher Marion Calmer has been examining fertility levels vertically in the soil profile on his Alpha, Ill., farm. This inch-by-inch examination uncovered a serious nutrient stratification problem on his farm. In this eye-opening session that puts no filter on the findings of his independent research, he examines the time and place for each system and gives you a new perspective on phosphorus and potassium application. Calmer is a 4-time recipient of the conference’s Best Presentation Award.
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.