Marion Calmer

Marion Calmer takes corn harvest seriously. He knows that a properly adjusted combine will allow him to harvest every kernel possible, but he needs to process residue properly as well to successfully no-till next year’s crop.

During a general session on Jan. 12 at the 2018 National No-Tillage Conference, Calmer will offer his best tips for a highly functioning combine, including his, “No. 1 most profitable adjustment.”

Calmer has also studied the impact on yields of no-tilling corn in ultra-narrow rows, and became so convinced at the benefits that he designed his own corn head to harvest 15-inch rows. In a no-till classroom on Jan. 10, Calmer will outline some of the major challenges and obstacles to overcome in ultra-narrow-row systems. He’ll also highlight population studies, applied fertilizer rates and tips for overcoming white-mold issues in these systems.

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 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

For more information and to register for the conference for only $379, click here or visit