Dennis Chessman

Dennis Chessman, the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Health Division team leader in Lexington, Ky., will be among the headliners at the 2018 National No-Tillage Conference slated for Jan. 9-12 in Louisville, Ky.

Chessman will draw on 12 years of experience working for the NRCS as he discusses the diversity of organisms present in healthy soils, and how a healthy soil ecosystem contributes to important soil functions, such as water infiltration, in a general session on Friday, Jan. 12.

Well-functioning soils are teeming with diverse organisms dependent on carbon as an energy source. But typical crop production practices like tillage and seasonal fallow reduce soil organic carbon over time and limit benefits that come from a robust soil biological community, says Chessman.

He’ll also outline management practices that minimize direct disturbance of soil communities and contribute to building soil organic carbon, helping no-tillers farm more profitably.

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.

A $50.00 registration discount is available through 12/31/17. For more information and to register for the conference at the $329 Early Bird rate, click here or visit