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

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



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


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
  2. Making Cover Crop Interseeding a Success Rather than a Lofty No-Till Goal
  3. 5 Ways to Speed Up the Payoff for Your No-Till System
  4. Leveraging Data and Benchmarks to Develop a More Profitable No-Till System
  5. Turning Aerial Scouting into a Powerful Tool for No-Till Management
  6. Using Watershed-Scale Cover Crops to Keep More Nutrients on No-Tilled Fields

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

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


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


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


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 No-Till Farmer 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
  2. Cows on Cropland: How Grazing Synergies Boost Yields and Soil Health
  3. Using the Whole No-Till Tool box to Manage Nitrogen with Precision
  4. How Soil Disturbance Disrupts Your No-Tilling Efforts
  5. The Importance of Nutrient Cycling and the Pit falls of Poor Soil Fertility
  6. Breaking Through Yield Barriers, Soil Health Issues with Long-Term No-Till and Gypsum

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

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

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)

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

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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To learn about sponsorship opportunities contact Darrell Bruggink
at (262) 777-2420 or

To learn about group attendance discounts contact Joanne Volkert
at (262) 777-2442 or

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

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