No-Till Farmer is pleased to welcome Don Reicosky to the 2019 National No-Tillage Conference to be held January 8-11 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Carbon is at the crux of a highly functioning no-till system, but are you fully maximizing your farm’s ability to produce carbon and realize its benefit to your soils? In his two sessions, Don Reicosky, a retired soil scientist for the USDA-ARS in Morris, Minn. will discuss the connection between conservation agriculture and soil health principles that are elevating the importance of carbon management.
In his general session presentation on Thursday afternoon, “Understanding and Perfecting Conservation Agriculture and Carbon Management in Your No-Till Operation,” Reicosky will explain the differences in various cover-crop characteristics as they affect biodiversity and relate to carbon production in soils, including carbon-to-nitrogen ratios, rooting characteristics and nutrient cycling. He’ll also cover the role that living or dormant covers, or dead biomass, plays as an energy source for the soil biology, and how increasing diversity elevates production challenges but enhances benefits to the soil and ecosystem.
Reicosky will also lead a No-Till Classroom session, “How Soil Disturbance Disrupts Your No-Tilling Efforts,” where he will share how tillage practices — even work described as vertical tillage — and other soil disturbances fragment fungal hyphae networks and disrupt the balance between fungi and bacteria and, subsequently, carbon and nitrogen storage and utilization efficiencies. He’ll also share some potential solutions to managing soil conditions without resorting to tillage.
Learn more about Reicosky's sessions and other sessions that will be featured at this 4-day learning and networking event here.
A discounted registration rate of $339 is available through December 31, 2018, offering a $30 discount off the onsite rate of $389. Registration can be made online or by calling (262) 432-0388 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., CT Monday-Friday.
Returning for the 2019 event is the National No-Tillage Conference Spouse Program, providing attending spouses with the opportunity to network, learn and socialize through numerous activities throughout the course of the conference. View the Spouses Program activity schedule here or by calling (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388.
Thank you to our sponsors for helping us put on the upcoming 27th annual National No-Tillage Conference in Indianapolis: Ag Leader, Case IH, Montag Manufacturing, Equipment Technologies, Exapta Solutions, Inc, KB Seed Solutions, Fennig Equipment, Needham Ag Technologies, Martin-Till, Titan International, Yetter MFG, Syngenta, and Precision Planting