WORLDWIDE HELP. No-Till Legend Barry Fisher moderates a conversation with Howard G. Buffett about the work of Buffett's nonprofit foundation, which is helping Ukrainian farmers continue to operate amid the war.

National No-Tillage Conference Offers Advice Applicable to No-Till Operations Worldwide

32nd annual event hosts more than 800 attendees from 36 U.S. states & 6 countries

More than 800 farmers, researchers, educators and industry experts traveled to Indianapolis in early January to attend the 32nd Annual National No-Tillage Conference. Attendees representing 36 states in the U.S., along with the countries of Canada, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Ukraine spent 4 days absorbing knowledge and networking at the event. The 2024 conference hosted nearly 350 first-time attendees and featured 12 general sessions, 24 classrooms and 40 roundtable discussions on a variety of topics related to no-till.

On-Farm Experience. A pre-conference workshop at 2023 No-Till Innovator Mike Starkey’s farm shop in Brownsburg, Ind., about 25 minutes north of Indianapolis, started off the 4 days of learning. Starkey invited several guest speakers to help tell the story of how certain products and projects have shaped the way he no-tills. Starkey farms 3,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, and he’s been no-tilling since 1989.

Bob Barr, research scientist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, shared data from the water quality monitoring project that’s been in place on Starkey’s farm since 2007. The project monitors the nutrient levels coming out of the tile lines in Starkey’s fields and shows low nutrient runoff levels.

Starkey also talked about tools that have changed the way he manages his farm and brought him greater success with no-till. Joe Nester, a No-Till Legend and independent ag consultant, told Starkey about bringing down the pH of water to make Roundup more effective. Starkey uses Verdesian’s Citron adjuvant to lower his pH from 7.1 to 2.8…

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Michaela paukner

Michaela Paukner

Michaela Paukner is the managing editor of No-Till Farmer, Strip-Till Farmer and Cover Crop Strategies. Her previous journalism experience includes working as a reporter for a legal magazine and as a producer for two Wisconsin TV news stations. She has also worked with clients across the globe as a freelance writer and marketing consultant, and as a brand manager for a Wisconsin-based boutique marketing agency. She's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
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Mackane Vogel

Mackane Vogel is the Associate Editor of Farm Equipment, No-Till Farmer, Cover Crop Strategies and other Lessiter Media publications. An avid writer for the last 10 years, he previously served as the editorial intern for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and also wrote for several different sports journalism outlets before joining the Lessiter Media team in 2022. Mackane is a 2020 journalism graduate of Marquette University.


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