Wednesday, January 6, 2016
|7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.||“No-Till Registration Time.” 2nd Floor|
|8:45 - 11:45 a.m.||
“Special Members-Only Workshop — Improve Your Own Soil with Earthworms with Frank Gibbs.” Marriott 3-4 (2nd Floor) See more
Severe rain during the growing season this year, especially in the Corn Belt, damaged crops that didn’t have good internal drainage and harmed soils that got “tracked up” during field operations. How bad was it on your farm? Frank Gibbs will help you find out. The certified professional soil scientist with Wetland and Soil Consulting Services will lead you through an analysis of your own soil to improve the drainage and health of your crops.
|2:30 - 2:35 p.m.||
“Official Kickoff to the 24th Annual National No-Tillage Conference.” Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor) See more
Join us in the Marriott Ballroom as the No-Till Farmer staff sets the stage for 4 days and nearly 100 hours of no-till learning.
|2:35 - 3:20 p.m.||
“Building a Competitive Advantage with No-Till.” Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor) See more
In an industry driven by marginal cost of production, how do you build a competitive advantage that will allow your operation to earn an economic profit consistently? How do no-till, cover crops and active soil biology combine to enhance long-term results? After recently completing an Eisenhower Fellowship in Australia and New Zealand, no-tiller Dan DeSutter of Attica, Ind., will share his adventures in soil health and discuss the relationship between regenerative agriculture and building a profitable business.
|3:20 - 4:05 p.m.||
“Measures for Protecting, Building Quality No-Till Soils.” Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor) See more
The rolling hills and bottomlands of southeastern Iowa are anything but simple to farm, leaving Steve Berger and his father, Dennis, with the challenge of saving their soil while building it up. Through 36 years of no-till, the Bergers have gained a lot of knowledge on how to manage residue within crop production to develop a highly functioning microbial system. The Wellman, Iowa, no-tiller will explain the use of cover crops like cereal rye in a corn-soybean rotation and how they utilize hog manure effectively from their farrow-to-finish swine operation — all with the aim of leaving soils better than when the Bergers started farming them.
|4:10 - 5:00 p.m.||
“Integrating a Diverse Rotation, Cover Crops and Livestock Into Your No-Till System.” Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor) See more
Darin Williams wishes he had known about no-till and grazing cover crops when he decided to go into home building after college because he didn’t think he’d make it as a farmer in his community. But since he took up farming in 2010, Williams has been able to grow his no-till operation to 2,000 acres of non-GMO corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, triticale, winter barley and milo, and grazes his cattle herd on cover crops to maximize their investment. Williams also has a flock of sheep and recently added poultry. Considering organic matter to be king on his farm, the Waverly, Kan., no-tiller will discuss the components that make up his no-till system, including why he tries to direct-market everything produced to consumers and how he marketed his grain for premiums in 2015.
|5:00 - 7:15 p.m.||
“NNTC Welcome Reception.” Indiana Ballroom (1st Floor) See more
Take time to network with other no-tillers and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments courtesy of Calmer Corn Heads, Exapta Solutions, Midwest Bio-Tech and Spectrum Premium Non-GMO Seed Corn. Compare notes from the afternoon’s general session and get prepared for the evening’s general session. (This special event will be held in the Indiana Ballroom and the Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Texas rooms.)
|7:25 - 7:30 p.m.||
“Technological Approaches that Will Boost No-Till Performance.” Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor) See more
The No-Till Farmer staff will provide a glimpse into tonight’s sessions on how to get the most out of technology for your no-till system.
|7:30 - 8:15 p.m.||
“Maintaining Soil Moisture and Avoiding Compaction with Controlled Traffic Farming.” See more
In the semi-arid climate of Victoria, Australia, Steve Lanyon relies on controlled traffic to save every inch of water for his 10,000-acre no-till operation. By keeping his equipment’s wheel traffic in the same place, there’s less compaction, allowing the soil to hold more moisture. Lanyon will talk about how he implemented controlled traffic lanes on his farm and the equipment considerations that are necessary to making it work. He will also talk about the benefits he’s seen from controlled traffic since adopting the system in 2002 and how it has paid off.
|8:15 - 9:00 p.m.||
“How Can I Place My ‘N’ and ‘P’ Better in a No-Till System?” Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor) See more
With environmental policies influencing the timing and placement of fertilizers, it’s important to improve the application toolbox without sacrificing farm profitability. Placing nitrogen and phosphorus below the soil surface has been a suggested way to reduce off-site transport of nutrients, but at times, field capacity (ac/hr) may be sacrificed. Moving forward, the ability to both accurately place nutrients and apply them at the right time will be important for the no-till operation. John Fulton will discuss the opportunities for timing and placement of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how new technology can help enhance delivery. The Ohio State ag engineer will also discuss environmental risks, agronomic response and application field capacity, as well as tips to consider for success.
|9:00 - 9:45 p.m.||
“Keys to Integrating Drone Technology Into Your Operation.” Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor) See more
Managing by the acre is essential in any farming system, but especially in no-till. As input prices continue to rise and margins diminish, no-tillers will have to stop hoping they’re making the correct decisions when applying products and start knowing that they are. A 7th-generation farmer in central Indiana, Aaron Sheller will discuss how using drones is about becoming a more proactive grower. He’ll talk about how to pinpoint yield-limiting factors in the field and create solutions for those areas while the crop is still able to respond. Using a drone is about becoming a better, more profitable no-tiller.
|9:45 - 10:00 p.m.||
“Go Ahead — Ask Those Tough No-Till Questions.” Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor) See more
Come up with any critical no-till question and the No-Till Farmer staff will seek someone with a solution. This session will reveal the benefits of networking in the hallways with fellow attendees. (If you’ve got a no-till question that’s been gnawing at you, email it to Darrell Bruggink at email@example.com.)