No-tiller Rick Murdock understands the power a no-till system has to transform eroded, unproductive terrain into successful farming operations, having seen it happen first-hand on his 1,200-acre farm near Murray, Ky.
Murdock will kick off the 2018 National No-Tillage Conference in Louisville, Ky., with a general session about strategies for successfully raising crops in highly erodible soils, including his 1-acre “learning block” approach to management decisions.
In a separate classroom session, Murdock will share his unique approach to irrigating 450 corn acres with 50 acres of commercial catfish ponds. He will also discuss watershed ponds he added for flexibility of moving pump stations around and how improved water infiltration and soil structure helps his fields retain more moisture and reduce water use.
Co-located with the 3rd annual Precision Farming Dealer Summit, the 2018 conference will be held Jan. 9-12 at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky. The 26th annual conference offers 13 general sessions, 24 no-till classrooms and 80 no-till roundtables. Additional discussion topics include the impact of no-till practices on plant nutrition and yield, slowing the growth of herbicide resistance and tips from growers on successfully interseeding cover crops into cash crops. The 2018 program is now available online.
Sponsors making the learning and networking opportunities possible for no-tillers are Ag Leader Technology, The Andersons PureGrade, Case IH, Equipment Technologies (Apache Sprayers), Exapta Solutions, Fennig Equipment, KB Seed Solutions, Montag Mfg., Needham Ag Technologies, Nufarm, Syngenta, Titan International, Verdesian Life Sciences, and Yetter Farm Equipment.