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Friday, January 13, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. “No-Till Registration Time.” Grand Suites (2nd Floor)See more
Don’t forget to pick up your conference materials and FREE reports and books valued at $132.70.

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7:30 - 10:45 a.m. “Valuable Networking in the Hallways with Refreshments.”See more
Take this final refreshment break opportunity to visit with fellow no- tillers and sponsors ahead of the final general sessions that conclude this milestone 25th annual conference.

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Cancelled

No-Till Roundtables CANCELLED DUE TO ONCOMING WEATHER. Classes and General Sessions will start earlier.

8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

NEW EARLIER TIME: Choose from 6 More Top-Notch No-Till Classrooms

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You’ve got six more intriguing no-till classrooms to choose from to help you make a big impact on your 2017 cropping operation.

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8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #19…

“The Importance of Sulfur and Tips for Utilizing it for Your Crops.” Grand C/D (2nd Floor) See more
There’s a lot of discussion about the significance of sulfur in crop production. As it turns out, there’s less and less of this valuable nutrient in the environment. In fact, sulfur may be the second-most neglected no-till nutrient behind calcium, says Neal Kinsey. The Charleston, Mo., fertility expert will discuss the need for sulfur in a no-tiller’s nutrient plans to raise high-yielding crops, sulfur’s behavior in the soil profile, deficiency symptoms and the best way to make sulfur available to your plants.

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8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #20…

“Getting the Most from Corn, Cover Crops with ‘Bio’ Strip-Till.” Grand A/B (2nd Floor) See more
With cooler temperatures, fewer growing-degree days and sometimes waterlogged soils in eastern North Dakota, raising corn can be a challenge — let alone getting cover crops into the mix. But Joe Breker has implemented a unique planting system that lets him utilize both. The veteran Havana, N.D., grower will provide in-depth details on the bio strip-till system he uses to support growth of mycorrhizal fungi, make nutrients available for plants and prepare an ideal seedbed for corn in the spring. He’ll also discuss his approach to successfully seeding corn into cover crop residue to maximize emergence.

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8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #21…

“Using No-Till, Cover Crops to Boost Yields on Tougher Acres.” Ballpark 2/3 (1st Floor) See more
33.jpgNo-tillers often lose a lot of sleep as they face challenges to increase corn and soybean yields on tougher soils that are poorly drained, drought prone and contain lower organic matter. But by utilizing no-till, cover crops, timely nitrogen management, superior plant genetics and biotechnology improvements, no-tillers can transform soil properties and characteristics that enhance soil organic matter, improve water infiltration, prevent soil and nutrient loss and, ultimately, gain yield potential for corn and soybeans, says Randy McElroy. Drawing on examples from many years of southern Illinois research, the technical development representative and sustainability researcher at Monsanto Co. will discuss how no-tillers can use early-season corn and soybean genetics and available data to open a wider window for seeding cover crops to improve soil health and increase grain yields in challenging fields.

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8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #22…

“Strategies for Getting Ahead of Those Tough No-Till Weeds.” Grand E-G (2nd Floor)See more
33.jpgTroublesome weeds like marestail, waterhemp and ragweed (and many more) are a challenge in no-till production systems, especially as resistance to certain classes of herbicides becomes more widespread, says Bob Bruss. The director of technical services for Nufarm Americas, who has over 30 years experience in developing weed control solutions, will offer common-sense recommendations to help no-tillers fight the most difficult weeds in a range of crops, helping no-tillers get off to a clean start in 2017.

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8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #23…

“How No-Tilling Non-GMO Soybeans Can Put More Dollars in Your Pocket.” Ballpark 1 (1st Floor)See more
Pure Grade logoInterest in raising non-GMO crops among no-tillers is growing, but some fear the advantage of scoring higher price premiums might be offset by the additional field management and required paperwork. But Essex, Mo., no-tiller Johnny Hunter will discuss how he plants and manages 1,000 acres of non-GMO soybeans in a no-till environment and share how the practice pencils out for him economically vs. raising Roundup Ready or LibertyLink soybeans.

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8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

No-Till Classroom #24…

“A Proven No-Till ‘Systems Approach’ to Keep More Nutrients on Your Farm.” Lindbergh (1st Floor) See more
35.jpg If there’s one thing Dwight Clary doesn’t like to see, it’s expensive nutrients escaping his farm. That’s why he’s developed a ‘conservation agriculture systems approach’ to building soils and safeguarding nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium on his Fostoria, Ohio, farm where he no-tills corn, soybeans and wheat. Clary will discuss the pillars of this approach, including in-furrow and foliar applications of nutrients and the potential payoff in nutrient efficiency, soil and plant health. He’ll also share what he’s learned from the Clary In-Stream Sediment Collector he invented that lets him collect sediment from a creek and sample it for nutrients after high-intensity rainfall events.

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9:00 - 10:30 a.m. “Putting Soil Microbes to Work in Your No-Till System.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor)See more
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are friends with plants, colonizing within the roots of most crops and providing biological protection from diseases while making plants more drought and salinity tolerant. But the benefits don’t end there, says Wendy Taheri, as these enigmatic microbes provide a multitude of services that result in larger, stronger, healthier plants that are more likely to survive whatever Mother Nature throws their way. The microbiologist at Pelham, Ga.-based TerraNimbus will provide attendees with an introduction to AMF and explain the mechanisms they employ to make your cropping system more resilient.

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9:00 - 10:30 a.m. “Tracking Glyphosate’s Effects on Microbial Communities in No-Tilled Soils.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) See more
35.jpgGlyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world, but its potential impacts on soil biology and health is of considerable concern to experts like Robert Kremer. The retired research microbiologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Center will discuss the complex of many soil, biological, environmental and management factors necessary for the microbial degradation and dissipation of glyphosate. He’ll share why an understanding of glyphosate’s effects on soil microbial community Robert Kremer structure and function is critical for sustainable cropping systems where glyphosate is used.

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10:30 - 10:35 a.m. “Get Ready to Put All that No-Till Knowledge to Work.” Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) See more
The No-Till Farmer staff will send you home with a final encourage- ment to improve your no-till system in 2017 as we wrap up the 25th anniversary edition of the National No-Tillage Conference.

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