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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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6:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. “No-Till Registration Time.” Grand Suites (2nd Floor)
8:40 a.m. “Official Kickoff to the 25th Annual National No-Tillage Conference.”See more
Join us in the Grand Ballroom as the No-Till Farmer staff sets the stage for 3 days of intensive no-till learning.

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8:45 - 9:30 a.m. “Lessons from 55 Years of No-Tilling — and Why the ‘Four Ps’ Matter.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) See more
young The no-till revolution start- ed more than five decades ago when Harry Young Jr. no-tilled corn on 0.3 acres of farmland in 1962. Now, Harry’s son John and grandson Alexander are carrying on the tradition on their Herndon, Ky., farm, where they’re no-tilling corn, double-cropped soybeans and wheat, and introducing extensive irrigation to their farming practices. As we kick off a celebration of the National No-Tillage Conference’s 25th anniversary, John and Alex will share the newly recognized advantages of no-till, some observations about what has changed in the last 55 years and explain why the ‘four Ps’ — Profit, Production, Progeny and Posterity — are so important.

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9:35 - 10:20 a.m. “Successful Past, Bright Future with No-Till and Cover Crops.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor)See more
rayFor Ray McCormick, the road to continuous no- till was paved through his own on-farm experiences and innovation — and more than a few mistakes — but his operation has since progressed to a no- till focus on every acre, every year. The Vincennes, Ind., no-tiller will share how he’s successfully no-tilled corn and soybeans on his 2,400 tillable acres for nearly three decades, worked through challenges with a new no-till planter and how he expanded his cover crop program to benefit 100% of his farm ground. McCormick — who manages 2,000 acres of woodlands and wetlands on his farm — will also discuss how no-till crop production works hand in hand with wildlife habitat enhance- ment practices and reflect on the changes he’s seen in no-till practices and technology on his operation since he spoke at the inaugural NNTC a quarter century ago.

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10:35 - 11:35 a.m.

Choose from 6 High-Powered, Actionable No-Till Classrooms

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Select one of six outstanding No-Till Classrooms to absorb more specialized learning. Send others from your farming operation to sepa- rate sessions to broaden your no-till knowledge.

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10:35 - 11:35 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #1...

“Digging Deeper into Cover Crop Benefits.” Grand C/D (2nd Floor) See more
Cover crops have a significant impact on more than just soil quality and tilth, but the benefits might not be apparent to the naked eye, says Ray Weil. The University of Maryland soil scientist will discuss how certain cover crops improve access to water and nutrients, keep more nitrogen on your farm and boost soil biological processes in the deeper layers of your soil profile. He will also discuss on-farm research results on how covers benefit nitrogen management compared to fallow ground.

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10:35 - 11:35 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #2…

“Boosting Productivity in Your No-Tilled Soils with a More Efficient, Effective Fertility Program.” Grand A/B (2nd Floor) See more
jim.jpgWith profit margins running tighter, it’s more important than ever for no-tillers to utilize expensive fertilizers more efficiently. The best way to do that is by choosing the right product and application method for the situation, says Jim Leverich. The veteran Sparta, Wis., no-tiller and on-farm research coordinator for the University of Wisconsin will discuss a three-part plan that includes frequent soil testing, proper fertilizer selection and appropriate application technologies that could help you boost soil productivity and allow crops to access nutrients more efficiently — all while reducing the risk of leaching and waste.

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10:35 - 11:35 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #3…

“Rebuilding Your Planter for More Effective No-Tilling.” Grand E/G (2nd Floor) See more
rich.jpgMany no-tillers are looking for ways to add technology and improve the performance of their planter rather than spending money on a new one — whether it’s fertilizer systems, row cleaners, closing wheels, planter drives and clutches or precision technology. Rich Schlipf, owner of Milford, Ind.-based Schlipf Precision Ag, will share valuable solutions to common problems he and his technicians see with no-till planters. He will also discuss upgrades and add-ons that can help no-tillers more effectively increase planter performance, optimize seeding depth, apply fertilizer with the planter and get plants off to a stronger start.

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10:35 - 11:35 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #4…

“Turning Mountains of Precision Data into an Asset for Your No-Till Operation.” Ballpark 1 (1st Floor) See more
wilson.jpgSorting through all the precision data coming at you may be frustrating at times, but there is actually real value in getting comfortable with intense data management on your farm, says Jeremy Wilson. The technology specialist at Crop IMS — who also no-tills 1,200 acres of corn, wheat and soy- beans near Olney, Ill., with his father Wade — says the quality of data is crucial and it starts at the con- figuration stage. Wilson will discuss best practices for collecting, sorting through and using precision data, as well as calibrating equipment properly and confirming data accuracy. He’ll also cover the opportunities no-tillers can take advantage of working with cloud-based farm data systems.

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10:35 - 11:35 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #5…

“Getting Your Cover Crops in on Time — at $13 an Acre.” Ballpark 2/3 (1st Floor) See more
Ray McCormick’s farm was thrust into the limelight in 2012 after he pioneered the use of a Gandy air seeder, fastened to his corn head, to seed annual ryegrass mixes on-the-go during corn harvest. The Vincennes, Ind., no-tiller has continued to expand the practice as he seeds a cover crop mix each fall on 100% of his 2,400 acres of corn and soybeans. McCormick will share in-depth details about the setup, seeding rates and operational methods for this two-for-one harvesting and seeding tool, how he’s addressing challenges with terminating the covers in spring and share tips for managing residue properly during harvest for optimal cover crop and cash crop emergence.

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10:35 - 11:35 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #6…

“Soil Biology and Respiration — What is it and Why Measure it?” Lindbergh (1st Floor) See more
will.jpgFarmers face many practical challenges with innovative practices, but so do soil-testing labs, says Will Brinton. Like farmers, soil lab managers have been trained in nutrient theory. Changing to biological methods requires close attention to new details, says the founder of Woods End Laboratories and the developer of the Solvita soil test. The roots of soil biology tests are actually very deep. Brinton will explain what soil respiration means as an indicator of microbial activity and show its relevancy for residue decomposition, nutrient storehouses and soil aggregation. He’ll also discuss practical guidelines for monitoring soil changes that result from better farming practices like no-till and cover crop seeding.

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11:50 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

The Annual NNTC Luncheon with Support from AgroLiquid. Arch View/Gateway (2nd Floor)AgroLiquid logo
(Included in your no-till conference registration fee.)

“9th Annual Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners Program.” Arch View/Gateway (2nd Floor) See more

AgroLiquid and No-Till Farmer will recognize three no-tillers judged to be environmentally, economically and practically responsible with their no-till nutrient management programs. The fertility practices and techniques utilized by these no-tillers — recognized as Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners — will provide you with valuable ideas to consider in your own no-till operation.

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1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Harry Young Jr. Memorial Lecture Series. Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) AgroLiquid logo
(Made possible with the support of Thurston Mfg.)

"Deciphering the Chatter: Uncovering How Plants Communicate." See more
will.jpgPlants may seemingly only be furniture, fiber and food. But what if plants had the ability to talk to allies and enemies? Or were able to recognize close relatives and treat them different than strangers? What if plants had the ability to integrate information and perform complex behaviors? They can and they do, says J.C. Cahill. The experimental plant ecologist at the University of Alberta — most well-known for being the lead scientist and public face of the documentary, “What Plants Talk About,” on the PBS series Nature — will highlight leading-edge research in no-till plant behavior and discuss how this may change both your understand- ing of plants and why agriculture is beginning to pay attention.

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2:45 - 3:15 p.m. “Networking/Refreshment Break.” See more
Take a deep breath, grab something to drink and discuss the things you’ve already learned at our 25th anniversary event.

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3:20 - 4:20 p.m.

Choose from 6 More No-Till Classrooms Chock-Full of Learning Opportunities

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Select one of six outstanding No-Till Classrooms to absorb more specialized learning. Send others from your farming operation to separate sessions to broaden your no-till knowledge.

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3:20 - 4:20 p.m.

No-Till Classroom #7...

“Rethinking Your Tire Options to Reduce Compaction in No-Tilled Fields.” Ballpark 1 (1st Floor)See more
13.jpgAs farm equipment sizes and weights continue to increase, problems with compaction can rob no- tillers of yield and profit potential. But gaining a better understanding of modern tire technology can help you reduce or eliminate these problems, says Scott Sloan. The product manager at Titan International will discuss the causes of compaction; proper inflation pressures for tractor, combine, sprayer, implement and grain cart tires; high-flex technologies that allow for bigger footprints and lower pressures; new radial tire solutions for reducing compaction from implement tires; and other potential game-changing tire setups.

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3:20 - 4:20 p.m.

No-Till Classroom #8…

“Two Practical, Profitable Ways to Get Cover Crops Into Your No-Till System.” Grand C/D (2nd Floor) See more
13.jpgPlanting cover crops into corn between the V4 and V7 stage seems to defy logic for many no-tillers, but this practice may become the norm in the northern Corn Belt for growers wanting to diversify their cover crop program and improve fall growth. Hans Kok, Indiana-Ohio Field Manager for the Soil Health Partnership based in Indianapolis, and Dan Towery, no-till consultant with Ag Conservation Solutions in Lafayette, Ind., will discuss the benefits of interplanting cover crops. The conservation experts will also high- light the benefits of adding wheat to your rotation and planting an 8- to 15-way cover crop cocktail after wheat harvest, and how that can potentially produce double-digit increases in corn and soybean yields while cutting your applied nitrogen rates in half.

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3:20 - 4:20 p.m.

No-Till Classroom #9…

“Improving Your Chances of Raising Profitable No-Tilled Corn, Soybeans.” Lindbergh (1st Floor) See more
14.jpgWhen it comes to no-tilling corn and soybeans profitably, veteran Alpha, Ill., no-tiller Marion Calmer has found the highest yield isn’t always the most profitable. As a result, he makes decisions regarding inputs based on facts and financial sense. Drawing on 32 years of independent on-farm research at his Agronomic Research Center, Calmer will discuss the yield advantage necessary to justify the cost of planting high populations at today’s grain prices. He’ll also discuss yield and soil health impacts he’s seen from applying dry phosphorus and potassium fertilizers over a 10-year period, and how residue management in no-till is the foundation for a profitable growing season.

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3:20 - 4:20 p.m.

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“Using No-Till, Covers and Livestock to Tame Volatile Weather Challenges.” Grand A-B (2nd Floor) See more
15.jpgWhere Egon Zunckel farms 3 hours south of Johannesburg, South Africa, weather extremes are part of the norm — from droughts to flooding rainstorms, and howling, hot mountain winds to freezing cold and rain. But Zunckel will discuss how 20 years of continuous no-till practices have helped him mitigate poor water infiltration, water and wind erosion, dam silting and stagnant yields on his 4,500 acres of irrigated and dryland corn, wheat and soybeans. He’ll also share how seeding oat and radish cover crops and introducing livestock on 5,400 grazed acres helps him utilize large volumes of corn and cover crop residue.

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3:20 - 4:20 p.m.

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“Using a Full Complement of Conservation Tools for More Profitable No-Tilling.” Ballpark 2/3 (1st Floor) See more
16.jpgFor Seth Watkins, controlling wind and water erosion is a constant challenge on his 3,000 rolling, undulating acres, which support both forage and silage crops and 600 head of Hereford and Angus brood cows. But the fifth-generation farmer is conquering those challenges with a well-stocked toolbox of no-till and conservation-minded measures. The Clarinda, Iowa, grower will discuss how his diverse system of prairie strips and buffers, native grasses, terraces, cover crops, crop rotation and rotational livestock grazing is protecting his Drift Plain soils, building organic matter more quickly and providing positive economic returns.

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3:20 - 4:20 p.m.

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“Getting Started with Growing a Cover Crop as a Grazing Crop.” Grand E-G (2nd Floor) See more
17.jpgGrazing livestock on cover crops can improve soil health and be lucrative, although finding a point to start from can be difficult. But getting a better grasp of the concept before the seed is ordered to when the livestock are turned out in the pasture can help you optimize this system, says Jim Johnson. The Noble Foundation soils and crops consultant will help no-tillers gain an understanding of the challenges and issues that can arise from grazing cover crops, learn what key points need to be planned in advance and how to pick the right cover crop for your grazing goals. He’ll also share knowledge gained from research and experience using covers in forage-based beef production systems in Oklahoma and north Texas and discuss various considerations, agronomic practices and lessons learned.

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4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

20 Super No-Till Roundtables

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Select from 20 No-Till Roundtables where each attendee can ask questions, discuss challenges and contribute practical, field-proven ideas on a specific topic. Some longtime conference attendees say these “one-of-a-kind idea swaps” are well worth the cost of attending the conference all by themselves. Send others from your farm or family to different sessions to capture even more learning.

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4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 1. Getting Better Soybean Stands, Yields with No-Till Drills Grand C (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 2. Setting Up No-Till Planters for Superior Soybean Stands Gateway 2 (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 3. Exploring Possibilities for No-Tilling Vegetables Gateway 3 (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 4. Successful Sidedressing Strategies for No-Tillers Grand D (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 5. Safeguarding No-Tilled Fields from Seed, Soil Diseases Grand E (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 6. Proven Methods for Boosting No-Tilled Alfalfa, Forage Stands Grand F (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 7. Exclusively For Case IH Planter Owners Grand B (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 8. Making a Twin Killing at Harvest with Twin Rows Gateway 1 (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 9. Hitting the Sweet Spot with Strip-Till Berms Grand G (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 10. The Lowdown on Setting Up Non-GMO Cropping Systems Grand A (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 11. Cover Crop Strategies in the Northern Plains, PNW Gateway 4 (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 12. Cover Crop Strategies in the Mid-South, Southeast Gateway 5 (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 13. Cover Crop Strategies in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic Ballpark 3 (1st Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 14. Cover Crop Strategies in the Great Lakes, Ontario Ballpark 1 (1st Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 15. Cover Crop Strategies in Ohio Ballpark 2 (1st Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 16. Cover Crop Strategies in Indiana Lindbergh (1st Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 17. Cover Crop Strategies in Illinois Broadway 1 (1st Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 18. Cover Crop Strategies in Iowa Broadway 2 (1st Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 19. Cover Crop Strategies in Missouri Market Street (1st Floor)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 20. Cover Crop Strategies in the Southern & High Plains Laclede (1st Floor)
5:30 - 7:15 p.m. “Dinner Time.” (On your own) See more
Enjoy some of the best restaurants in downtown St. Louis, while discussing today’s topics and networking with fellow no-tillers.

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7:20 - 7:25 p.m. “National No-Tillage Conference Outstanding Speaker Awards.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor)See more
You told us by your vote which presenters had the best sessions in 2016. We take a moment to recognize and thank them.

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7:25 - 8:10 p.m. “Making Physics, Chemistry and Biology Work Together in Your No-Tilled Soils.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor)See more
18.jpgFor too long, farmers have been sold the idea that soil management was mainly about making interventions that were either physical, such as tillage, or chemical, such as lime, pesticides and fertilizers. Finally, over the past few years, they’re being encouraged to think about the biology in their soils as well, says Ray Weil. But physics, chemistry and biology are integrated, not separate, in the soil ecosystem — and not just in the top 6-8 inches of soil, says the University of Maryland soil scientist. When they all work together, soil functions throughout the profile can be optimized with less effort and cost. Weil will discuss how good soil biology also improves the physics and chemistry of the soil profile and provide tips on what growers can do to nurture this relationship.

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8:15 - 9:00 p.m. “Making Sense of Cover Crop Mixes.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor)See more
19.jpgCover crop mixes are becoming very popular with no-tillers as they seek to improve biodiversity on their farm. But large mixes are a “shotgun” approach that can get expensive — especially with current low grain prices, says Mike Plumer. The retired University of Illinois Extension agronomist will offer no-tillers some practical advice on what they can accomplish with cover-crop cocktails, or when a monoculture or simpler two- or three-way mix is the best option. The Conservation Agriculture consultant will also discuss the importance of farmers identifying what soils need and what their goals are before making decisions.

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9:00 - 9:15 p.m. “Go Ahead — Ask Those Tough No-Till Questions of Your Fellow No-Tillers.” Grand Ballroom (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, add it to the registration form on Page 12 when you register or email John Dobberstein at jdobberstein@lessitermedia.com.)

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