Attendees at the 2019 National No-Tillage Conference listen intently as Rick Clark discusses how he plants green on his Williamsport, Ind., operation.

Cutting-Edge No-Till Practices on Display in the Circle City

Nearly 900 no-tillers jammed the ballrooms and hallways at the 27th annual National No-Tillage Conference for 4 days of valuable tips, networking and thought-provoking learning sessions.

Nearly 900 no-tillers converged in Indianapolis in January to share ideas and learn how to improve their no-till operations at the 27th annual National No-Tillage Conference.

In general sessions, roundtable discussions and classrooms, along with networking sessions with speakers and sponsors, attendees built up their knowledge on a range of topics — from no-tilling with organic practices, to tips for aerial scouting, to managing inputs more efficiently to hearing about prospects for autonomous farm equipment.

The editors of No-Till Farmer compiled some of the top tips and takeaways from  the conference, which convenes again Jan. 7-10, 2020 in St. Louis, Mo.

Plant Disease Warnings

No-tillers know that for plant disease to occur there must be a susceptible host, the plant pathogen has to be present and the weather conditions need to encourage the development of that pathogen. And Carl Bradley says no-till fields are slightly more likely to develop disease because some plant pathogens can overwinter in stubble.


BOOK SIGNING. No-Till Farmer editor, Frank Lessiter, shakes hands with attendee Ray McCormick from Vincennes, Ind., after signing a copy of his new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming.

In the past few years, the plant pathologist from the University of Kentucky says, new diseases have been spreading across the U.S. while others have demonstrated new behaviors no-tillers might want to watch for:

  • Tar spot of corn: This disease looks like little spots of tar that are slightly raised on the surface of the corn leaves. It…
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Julia Gerlach

Julia Gerlach is the former Executive Editor of No-Till Farmer. She has a lengthy background in publishing and a longtime interest in gardening and mycology. She graduated with a B.A. in music and philosophy from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis.

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