Built around the theme “Revving Up No-Till Systems,” the 2019 National No-Tillage Conference and No-Till Farmer welcome keynote speaker and veteran no-tiller from Alpha, Ill., Marion Calmer.


After 33 years of large plot, independent on-farm research, Marion Calmer has learned there’s a huge difference between maximum physical yield and maximum financial yield.

Closing out the Conference on Friday afternoon with his general session presentation, “Unlocking the Profit Potential of an Effective, Responsible No-Till Nutrient Management Program,” Calmer will unveil the results of 10 years’ worth of yield, economic and soil-test data from his fertility plots. Years of surface applied phosphorus (P), potassium (K) and lime on these plots not only show P and K are stratifying, but his PH levels are as well. Drawing on his decades of no-till experience, Calmer will share some innovative ideas for managing nutrient challenges that could result in more dollars in your bank account without sacrificing yield.

Calmer will also lead a Wednesday morning classroom session, “Winning Waterways Construction and Maintenance Strategies to Help No-Till Systems Work Efficiently,” where he’ll explain why no-till waterways fail and how they can be reshaped; the best way to prepare a no-till seedbed to stand up to water flow; seed mixtures that get you quick regrowth and withstand future attacks; equipment needs and setups; and the best time of year to establish or repair waterways.

Learn more about Calmer's sessions and other sessions that will be featured at this 4-day learning and networking event here.

The registration rate is $389 for four days of non-stop no-till learning. 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