Thursday, January 12, 2017
|6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.||“No-Till Registration Time.” Grand Suites (2nd Floor) See more
Get registered! Pick up your conference materials, including FREE Special No-Till Reports valued at $132.70.
|7:00 - 8:00 a.m.||"Early Bird No-Till Breakfast Sponsored by Syngenta and Vibrance Seed Treatment.” Arch View/Gateway Ballrooms (2nd Floor) See more
Enjoy the buffet breakfast sponsored by Syngenta before a panel of crop experts helps you prepare for the upcoming season to get the most out of your no-tilled crops.
|8:00 - 8:45 a.m.||“Straight from the Field: Boosting Your No-Till Rooting Power.” Arch View/Gateway (2nd Floor)(floor) See more
While underground root systems are out of sight, they should always be top of mind for growers, whose yields depend on healthy roots. An estimated 80% of all plant problems start underground, experts say. Soil-borne pathogens, underground insects and nematodes all threaten healthy root structures — but since they’re hidden from the human eye, the effects of these pests often go unnoticed until the end of the season, when damaged roots can result in significant crop damage and yield loss. As genetics and traits continue to advance, seeds are becoming more and more valuable. But from the moment a seed is planted, nematodes, insects and diseases threaten to eat away at a grower’s seed investment. The best way to protect your investment is to shield the plant early with a seed treatment. To help growers safeguard plants and yields, Syngenta has assembled a panel of crop experts to share insights straight from the field about why seed treatment decisions are important — especially in no-till.
|9:05 - 9:50 a.m.||“Seeing ‘Green’ Brings Brighter, More Profitable No-Till Future.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor)See more
A few years ago, Johnny Hunter’s farm might have looked like many others in the Missouri Delta with heavy tillage, raised beds and furrow irrigation used to raise corn, soybeans, popcorn, cotton, rice and wheat. But poor water utilization during the drought of 2012 convinced Hunter there had to be a better way. The Essex, Mo., grower made critical changes to his operation by eliminating the beds, going to 100% no-till, seeding multispecies cover crop mixes, planting ‘green’ and pioneering a more conservative approach to irrigation. Hunter will discuss how he’s tying these different puzzle pieces together to improve soil health and profitability in the Bootheel of Missouri.
|9:55 - 10:40 a.m.||“Finding and Fixing Nutrient Imbalances in No-Tilled Crops.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) See more
Finding the correct nutrient balance in no-tilled soils can be a major challenge as growers deal with the fertility needs of today’s high-yielding corn, soybeans and wheat, says Neal Kinsey. The fertility expert from Charleston, Mo., and author of Hands-On Agronomy will use real-world examples of soil reports from his lab to discuss nutrient imbalances that were found and discuss what steps should be taken to resolve these excesses or deficiencies, whether it’s with heavy clays, sandy loams or something in between.
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||
15 Even Better No-Till RoundtablesSee more
Once you determine which of the following 15 sessions to attend, send others from your farm to other sessions so you can later swap dozens of great ideas that you can add to your 2017 no-till operation.
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||21. No-Tilling Canola, Sorghum & Other Specialty Crops Grand A (2nd Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||22. Slashing Your Fertilizer Budget with Biosolids, Sludge Broadway 2 (1st Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||23. Exploring Synergies with No-Till and Livestock Grand D (2nd Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||24. Lime: Identifying the Right Source for More Productive Fields Grand G (2nd Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||25. Fighting Off Slugs, Rootworms, Tough No-Till Insects Grand E (2nd Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||26. Narrowing Down — Are 12-, 15- or 22-Inch Corn Rows Better? Grand F (2nd Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||27. Achieving the Best of Both Worlds with Organic, No-Till Grand C (2nd Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||28. Finding More with Less When Irrigating Ballpark 3 (1st Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||29. Shop Wars: Swapping Ideas for Build-It-Yourself Equipment Ballpark 2 (1st Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||30. Putting Drones to Work on Your No-Till Operation Ballpark 1 (1st Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||31. Controlling Voles, Varmints and Other Problem Critters Lindbergh (1st Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||32. Conquering Conundrums in Continuously Strip-Tilled Corn Broadway 1 (1st Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||33. Making More Sense (and Cents) with Priceless Data Grand B (2nd Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||34. Figuring Out Solutions for Foliar Diseases, Plant Viruses Market Street (1st Floor)|
|10:55 - 11:55 a.m.||35. Tips, Tweaks to Double-Cropping Systems for Better Returns Laclede (1st Floor)|
|11:55 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||“Lunch” (On your own)See more
Enjoy lunch at the Hilton at the Ballpark or restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel before gearing up for an afternoon general session of no-till veteran farmers.
|1:05 - 1:50 p.m.||“Reaping Long-Term Success with Cover Crops and Precision Fertility.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) See more
Some critics say tillage is a necessary evil in the colder northern climates in the U.S., but Joe Breker has been proving them wrong for decades and beating county yield averages as well. he Havana, N.D., grower — who spoke at the inaugural National No-Tillage Conference in 1993 — will share the secrets to his 36 years of success no-tilling and bio strip-tilling 3,000 acres of corn, soybeans, seed radishes and spring or winter wheat, along with an array of cover crops. Breker will also share how he’s slashed input costs by improving organic matter, banding fertilizer, applying ESN and seeding cover crops. He’ll also reflect on what’s changed for the better on his farm in the last 25 years since the NNTC debuted.
|1:50 - 2:00 p.m.||“25th Annual National No-Tillage Conference Sponsor Recognition.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) See more
Join us in thanking our sponsors whose generous support of the 2017 National No-Tillage Conference makes it possible to bring you the most highly informative no-till knowledge event available today.
|2:00 - 2:45 p.m.||“Silver Anniversary Panel: “Reflecting on 25 Years of No-Till Learning.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) See more
Six individuals — Allen Berry, Allan Brooks, R.D. Wolheter, Bryan Von Holten, Scott Davidson and Randall Reeder — have attended all 25 National No-Tillage Conference events since it debuted in 1993 in Indianapolis. There’s no doubt they’ve gone home with plenty of actionable tips and information, and a few laughs and indelible memories as well. No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter — also a member of the 25-year club — will host a panel discussion with these no-till veterans as they discuss why no-till practices are important to them, how they put more dollars in their pocket, the best ideas they’ve gone home with after attending and the biggest no-till mistake they’ve ever made (and ones they hope they can help you avoid).
|2:45 - 3:15 p.m.||“Networking/Refreshment Break.” See more
Continue discussions from this afternoon’s general sessions and get ready for another round of tip-filled no-till classrooms and interactive roundtables with refreshments courtesy of Precision Planting.
|3:20 - 4:20 p.m.||
Choose from 6 More Top-Notch No-Till ClassroomsSee more
You’ve got six more intriguing no-till classrooms to choose from to help you make a big impact on your 2017 cropping operation.
|3:20 - 4:20 p.m.||
No-Till Classroom #13...“Tips for Terminating Cover Crops More Effectively.” Lindbergh (1st Floor)See more
For no-tillers, seeding cover crops effectively is often just the first step. Effective termination is another important task. Mistakes in this area can lead to serious headaches at planting time, says Mike Plumer. The retired University of Illinois Extension agronomist will provide detailed, actionable tips and information for no-tillers on killing popular cover crops like annual ryegrass, cereal rye, hairy vetch and others the right way. He will outline how weather patterns, seed varieties, growth stages and herbicide choices factor in. The consultant for Conservation Agriculture will also discuss the critical problems Variety Not Stated (VNS) seed can cause at termination time and how to avoid them.
|3:20 - 4:20 p.m.||
No-Till Classroom #14...“Putting Continuous No-Till, Covers to Work in the Southern Plains.” Grand A/B (2nd Floor) See more
Alan Mindemann sees plenty of challenges raising consistent yields with the unpredictable weather and limited moisture often seen in western Oklahoma. But Mindemann has successfully added canola, sunflowers, millet and other specialty crops to his rotation, as well as diverse cover crop mixes, as he farms 3,000 acres near Apache. Raising as many as 10 crops in a year — some for seed — Mindemann will share the benefits he’s seen from 20-plus years of continuous no-till and crop diversification. He’ll also discuss how he tracks available moisture and herbicide applications as he makes rotation decisions and how he configures his planting and seeding equipment to no-till various crops more effectively.
|3:20 - 4:20 p.m.||
No-Till Classroom #15...“How Plants Find Their Food — the Behavioral Science Underlying Plant Nutrition.” Grand E-G (2nd Floor)See more
Like all living organisms, plants require proper nutrition to thrive. The traditional view of plants is that they’re factories that will maximize output if they’re given the right inputs. This approach is often successful, but history also shows plants have survived for millions of years because they have natural abilities to feed themselves, says J.C. Cahill. The experimental plant ecologist at the University of Alberta will highlight new areas of research in the plant-soil interface, discuss root movement and foraging, interactions with mycorrhizae and a number of related topics about plant behavior.
|3:20 - 4:20 p.m.||
No-Till Classroom #16...“Adding Water Management to the No-Till Toolbox.” Ballpark 1 (1st Floor) See more
In lean times, having control over moisture for crops could be the difference between financial survival or death, says John Young. So the Herndon, Ky., no-tiller and his son, Alexander, introduced irrigation and tiling to their no-till operation several years ago as a way to boost profitability. The Youngs will share data on how their considerable investment in irrigation and tiling has paid off in terms of yields and profits, and how those benefits are dovetailing with the already accruing advantages of 50-plus years of no-tilling.
|3:20 - 4:20 p.m.||
No-Till Classroom #17…“Using Cover Crops, Biological Processes to Suppress No-Till Weeds, Weed Seed Banks.” Grand C/D (2nd Floor)See more
While there’s plenty of information about multiple benefits of cover crops, it’s often harder to quantify the impact of covers on suppressing weeds and weed-seed banks — especially in no-till systems, says Robert Kremer. The retired research microbiologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Center in Columbia, Mo., believes changes in no-till crop rotations and implementing longer rotations with three or more main crops can provide opportunities to integrate additional cover crop species for enhanced weed suppression. Kremer says these changes will provide benefits to soil biological function with concurrent weed and pest suppression.
|3:20 - 4:20 p.m.||
No-Till Classroom #18…“Identifying Your No-Till Options for Starter Fertilizer Applications.” Ballpark 2/3 (1st Floor) See more
The use of starter fertilizer is a common practice, especially in no-till systems, but there are different product options in the marketplace for starter applications that carry certain plusses and minuses that require a clear understanding, says Brian Banks. The senior agronomist for The Andersons Plant Nutrient group will explain the differences between product options, including conventional vs. low-salt fertilizers and how their use can affect placement and timing of application. He will also highlight fertilizer nutrient sources, micronutrients and critical tips and considerations for applying starter fertilizer to no-tilled soybeans.
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||
Another Set of 15 Engaging No-Till RoundtablesSee more
This third set of 15 no-till roundtables gives you another chance for valuable “one-on-one” learning with no-till colleagues. It’s also your opportunity to find an answer to a dilemma or be a hero to another no-tiller by offering your own farm-tested advice.
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||36. Getting a Profitable Payoff with Micronutrients Ballpark 2 (1st Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||37. Maximizing Efficiency with One-Pass Planting,Fertilizing Setups Ballpark 1 (1st Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||38. Terrific Tips for Planter Setups in Strip-Till Systems Grand E (2nd Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||39. Making the Right Moves with Cover Crop Mixes Grand C (2nd Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||40. Seeing the Potential in Cereal Rye Seeding Grand D (2nd Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||41. Getting Out of the Starting Gate with Annual Ryegrass Grand A (2nd Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||42. Turning Up No-Till Diversity with Radishes Grand G (2nd Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||43. Winning Spring Burndown Formulas for No-Till Weeds Grand F (2nd Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||44. No-Till and Landlords: Selling the Sizzle of ‘Dirty’ Farming Ballpark 3 (1st Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||45. Managing Moisture with Tile, Other Drainage Systems Broadway 2 (1st Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||46. Exclusively For Kinze No-Till Planter Owners Lindbergh (1st Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||47. Turning to Mycorrhizae, Humics & Other Soil Builders Market Street (1st Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||48. Finding a Fit with Foliar Fertilizers Grand B (2nd Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||49. Debating Drilled, 15- or 30-Inch Beans — What’s Best? Broadway 1 (1st Floor)|
|4:35 - 5:35 p.m.||50. Finding the Right Path with Guidance Systems Laclede (1st Floor)|
|5:35 - 6:15 p.m.||“Slow Down at the NNTC Reception After a Productive Day of No-Till Learning and Networking.” 2nd Floor FoyerSee more
Relax and visit with no-till conference friends at the event’s cash bar and reception right before the annual banquet.
|6:15 - 8:15 p.m.||“Enjoy a Great Night at the National No-Tillage Conference Gala.” Arch View/Gateway Ballrooms (2nd Floor)
(Included in your no-till conference registration fee.) See more
“Enjoy a Great Night at the National No-Tillage Conference Gala.”After a fabulous dinner, we’ll start the night’s festivities with the unveiling of the 21st class of inductees into the No-Till Innovator Awards program, co-sponsored by Syngenta and No-Till Farmer.
“Enjoy a Great Night at the National No-Tillage Conference Gala.”No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter recognizes more than two dozen people who influenced the growth of no-till practices across the U.S. and the globe.
|8:15 - 9:15 p.m.||“Post-Banquet Dessert & 25th Anniversary Networking Event.” 2nd Floor Foyer See more
Cap off a great day of learning with some special 25th anniversary cake, coffee and drinks, and enjoy the company of your fellow no-tillers and Title Sponsors as we wrap up Day 3 of the NNTC.