We’re excited to bring you this unique, one-of-a-kind learning experience assembling the best no-tillers, agronomists and researchers together in one location to share cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies to raise your level of no-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy. 


Daily Agenda


6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

No-Till Registration Time (2nd Floor)

Get Registered! Pick up your conference materials, including FREE Special No-Till Reports valued at $137.70.

7:00 to 8:00 a.m.

Early Bird No-Till Breakfast Sponsored by Syngenta Marriott 1-6 (2nd Floor)



Following the buffet breakfast sponsored by Syngenta, an industry expert will prove you with information and insights on protecting your crops for the upcoming growing season and keeping resistant diseases in check. 

8:00 to 8:45 a.m.

General Session: Fighting Through the Evolving Landscape of Row Crop Diseases and Finding No-Till Profitability Marriott 1-6 (2nd Floor)


Diseases in no-tilled corn, soybeans and wheat are often unpredictable, which leads to a growing environment for plants that is constantly in flux. Resistant diseases such as strobilurin-resistant frogeye leaf spot are spreading each year. Target spot is emerging as a new, important driver disease in Southern soybeans, and Southern rust is moving further north each year, says Carl Bradley.

The plant pathologist at the University of Kentucky will discuss how no-tillers can stay ahead of new disease pressure and further development of resistant diseases; how disease management can fit into the overall program for no-tilling row crops; and how new research and technology can help growers get the upper hand in disease management.


Carl Bradley
Plant Pathologist, University of Kentucky

9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Choose from 6 High-Powered No-Till Classrooms (2nd Set)

  1. Applying the Principles of Process Improvement to Your No-Till Farm Indiana E (1st Floor)
  2. Making Cover Crop Interseeding a Success Rather than a Lofty No-Till Goal Marriott 7-8 (2nd Floor)
  3. 5 Ways to Speed Up the Payoff for Your No-Till System Indiana A-D (1st Floor)
  4. Leveraging Data and Benchmarks to Develop a More Profitable No-Till System Marriott 9-10 (2nd Floor)
  5. Turning Aerial Scouting into a Powerful Tool for No-Till Management Florida/Illinois (1st Floor)
  6. Using Watershed-Scale Cover Crops to Keep More Nutrients on No-Tilled Fields Indiana F-G (1st Floor)

View the 2019 program for additional information

10:10 to 11:10 a.m.

20 Even Better No-Till Roundtables (2nd Set)

  1. Tweaking Your Planter for Successful Soybeans Stands Florida (1st Floor)
  2. Stretch Your Input Dollars with Biosolids, Sludge Atlanta (2nd Floor)
  3. Rounding Up Plans for Integrating No-Till and Livestock Austin (2nd Floor)
  4. Using the Right Lime Source to Boost No-Till Productivity Indiana F (1st Floor)
  5. Getting a Leg Up on Pesky, Yield-Robbing Slugs Marriott 7 (2nd Floor)
  6. Finding Success with Narrow-Row Corn — 12s, 15s, 20s, 22s Denver (2nd Floor)
  7. Making the ‘Impossible’ Possible with No-Till Organic Systems Marriott 10 (2nd Floor)
  8. Incredible Ideas for Improving Irrigation Efficiency Kentucky (1st Floor)
  9. Do-It-Yourself Shop Creations for Successful No-Tilling Indiana A (1st Floor)
  10. Lifting Up No-Till Efficiencies with Drones Columbus (2nd Floor)
  11. Stratification in No-Tilled Soils —a Challenge or Opportunity? Indiana B (1st Floor)
  12. Super Strategies for Continuously Strip-Tilled Corn Indiana C (1st Floor)
  13. Unbeatable Ideas for Utilizing Precision Ag Data Tennessee (1st Floor)
  14. Taking the Fight to Foliar Diseases, Plant Viruses Texas (1st Floor)
  15. Working Up a Win-Win with Double-Cropping Systems Boston (2nd Floor)
  16. Managing Micronutrients for Magnificent No-Till Yields Indiana G (1st Floor)
  17. Getting it Done with One-Pass Planting, Fertilizing California (1st Floor)
  18. Passing the Torch with Successful Farm Succession Indiana D (1st Floor)
  19. Discussing Cover Crop Failures, Finding Solutions Marriott 9 (2nd Floor)
  20. Practical Practices for Succeeding with Annual Ryegrass Marriott 8 (2nd Floor)

View the 2019 program for additional information

11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Frank Lessiter Legacy Lecture Series Made possible with the support of Calmer Corn Heads

Lessons Learned from 38 years of No-Till Farming Transitions Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor)


Calmer Corn Heads

Dedication to conservation and community is what’s driven Dick Wittman and his family business partners to pursue no-till, combining the practice with a healthy rotation of fall- and spring-seeded crops that comprise a sustainable cropping system among the steep hills of the Palouse.

The Lewiston, Idaho, grower and farm business consultant will profile the evolution of his farm’s no-till practices over the last four decades, and the critical support provided by creation of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Assn. He’ll also cover the importance of balancing economic with environmental benefits to improve profitability and quality of life on no-till operations, examine the value of collaborating with non-traditional partners, and discuss the importance of engaging in policy development related to conservation agriculture.

Dick Wittman

Dick Wittman
No-Tiller and Farm Business Consultant, Lewiston, Idaho

12:20 to 1:20 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

Check out the numerous restaurants near the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.


1:30 to 2:20 p.m.

General Session: Understanding and Perfecting Conservation Agriculture and Carbon Management in Your No-Till Operation Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor)


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? Don Reicosky, retired soil scientist for the USDA-ARS in Morris, Minn., will outline the connection between conservation agriculture and soil health principles that are elevating the importance of carbon management.

Reicosky will discuss 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 cover the role that living or dormant covers or dead biomass play as an energy source for soil biology.


Don Reicosky
Retired NRCS Soil Scientist, Morris, Minnesota

2:20 to 3:10 p.m.

General Session: Get Better Results with a Systems Approach To No-Till And Soil Health 
Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor)


No-till doesn’t just mean putting the plow away — it’s really about a systems approach to farm management that starts by understanding the importance of avoiding soil disturbance and managing residue properly to optimize soil biological activity and get residue working better for you, says Paul Jasa.

The ag engineer at University of Nebraska Extension will discuss why no-tillers should aim for 100% continuous no-till systems to promote proper no-till soil structure and nutrient cycling and facilitate proper heating and cooling of farm ground for raising better crops. He’ll also cover the advantages of diversifying no-till rotations with wheat or forages and explain the benefits of controlling wheel traffic in fields.


Paul Jasa
Ag Engineer, Univeristy of Nebraska Extension

3:10 to 3:45 p.m.

Networking/Refreshment Break


You’re halfway through the most informative day of the no-till year. Grab a refreshment courtesy of Cross Slot while discussing the things you’ve learned with no-tillers.

3:50 to 4:50 p.m.

Choose from 6 More Intriguing No-Till Classrooms (3rd Set)

  1. Yield-Robbing No-Till Pests to Protect Against in 2019 Indiana E (1st Floor)
  2. Cows on Cropland: How Grazing Synergies Boost Yields and Soil Health Marriott 7-8 (2nd Floor)
  3. Using the Whole No-Till Tool box to Manage Nitrogen with Precision Indiana A-D (1st Floor)
  4. How Soil Disturbance Disrupts Your No-Tilling Efforts Marriott 9-10 (2nd Floor)
  5. The Importance of Nutrient Cycling and the Pit falls of Poor Soil Fertility Florida/Illinois (1st Floor)
  6. Breaking Through Yield Barriers, Soil Health Issues with Long-Term No-Till and Gypsum Indiana F-G (1st Floor)

View the 2019 program for additional information

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Another Set of 21 Engaging No-Till Roundtables (3rd Set)

  1. Dealing with Dicamba —Tips for Protecting Yourself Marriott 10 (2nd Floor)
  2. Strategies for Building Better Weed Burndown Formulas Marriott 8 (2nd Floor)
  3. Wonderful Ways to Win Over Landlords with No-Till Austin (2nd Floor)
  4. Managing Moisture Effectively with Tile, Drainage Systems Indiana F (1st Floor)
  5. Exclusively For Kinze No-Till Planter Owners Boston (2nd Floor)
  6. Powering Up Soil Health with Mycorrhizae, Humics, Soil Builders Indiana G (1st Floor)
  7. Terrific Tips for Foliar Fertilizer Application Success Denver (2nd Floor)
  8. No-Tilling Cotton and Other Specialty Crops Kentucky (1st Floor)
  9. Getting a Grip on Successful Guidance Systems Colorado (1st Floor)
  10. Winning Ways to Whip No-Till Weeds Columbus (2nd Floor)
  11. Helpful Tips for Handling Residue with the Combine Indiana B (1st Floor)
  12. Finding Consistent Results with Variable-Rate Fertility Indiana C (1st Floor)
  13. Setting Up Your Planter for Strip-Till Success Tennessee (1st Floor)
  14. Boosting Pest Control with Biological Solutions Florida (1st Floor)
  15. For No-Till Dairy Farmers Only Indiana A (1st Floor)
  16. Busting Through Challenges with Compaction Texas (1st Floor)
  17. Tweaks and Tricks for Better Air Seeder Performance Atlanta (2nd Floor)
  18. Large-Scale Cover Crop Seeding —How it’s Done Indiana D (1st Floor)
  19. Tips for More Timely Cover Crop Seeding Marriott 9 (2nd Floor)
  20. Helpful Hints for Higher No-Till Wheat Yields Marriott 7 (2nd Floor)
  21. Slamming the Door on Voles, Varmints, Critters California (1st Floor)

View the 2019 program for additional information

6:00 to 6:45 p.m.

Slow Down at the NNTC Reception After a Productive Day of No-Till Learning and Networking 
Marriott Ballroom Foyer (2nd Floor)

Relax and visit with no-till conference friends at the event's cash bar and reception right before the annual banquet.

6:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy a Great Night at the National No-Tillage Conference Gala (included in registration fee)
Marriott 1-6 (2nd Floor)

Introducing the Latest Class of No-Till Innovators 


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After a fabulous dinner, we'll unveil the 23rd class of inductees to be honored in the No-Till Innovator Awards Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta and No-Till Farmer.

8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Dessert/Networking Opportunity Marriott Ballroom Foyer (2nd Floor)

We close out the day's events with dessert, refreshments and another opportunity to network with your fellow attendees and conference sponsors.

Questions about the National No-Tillage Conference?

Contact No-TIll Farmer
by phone at (866) 839-8455
or (262) 432-0388
by fax at (262) 786-5564

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at (262) 777-2420 or

To learn about group attendance discounts contact Dallas Ziebell
at (262) 777-2412 or

Mail to
P.O. Box 624
Brookfield, WI 53008-0624

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