WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
No-Till Registration Time
Get Registered! Pick up your conference materials, including FREE Special No-Till Reports valued at $137.70.
6:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.
Breakfast on Your own
Check out the many restaurants near the Indianapolis Marriott downtown or visit the Corner's Kitchen & Bar right in the hotel for a gourmet breakfast. Make your reservations early as the restaurant fills up fast!
8:20 to 8:30 a.m.
Official Kickoff to the 27th Annual National No-Tillage Conference
Join us in the Marriott ballroom as the No-Till Farmer staff sets the stage for 3 days of intensive no-till learning.
8:30 to 9:20 a.m.
General Session: No-Till Isn’t Just Planting—It’s a Year-Round Ecological System
No-Tillers are known for being solid, traditional and having a steady hand at the wheel. But as farming gets tougher and more complex, there’s a need for no-tillers to innovate to be successful in the future, says Trey Hill.
Viewing farming as a creative endeavor, the Rock Hall, Md., no-tiller will share how he effectively no-tills 13,000 acres of cover crops and cash crops at Harborview Farms while still doing his part to safeguard the environmentally sensitive Chesapeake Bay watershed. He’ll discuss the advantages and challenges of planting cash crops green into living cover crops vs. planting brown, and share some of the game-changing goals he’s set for his no-till operation.
No-Tiller, Rock Hall, MD.
9:20 to 10:10 a.m.
General Session: Getting the Most from Your No-Till Operation by Farming Green
To Rick Clark, “farming green” is a systematic approach to regenerative soil health and that’s what he brings to the 7,000 acres he manages at both Clark Land & Cattle and for his family. A main component of his no-till system is maximizing cover crop performance and planting his cash crops into living covers to build biomass, suppress weeds, recycle nutrients and feed soil microbes.
The Williamsport, Ind., no-tiller of non-GMO corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa will share details about his unique system of tissue testing cover crops in spring to analyze soil nutrients taken up that could be available for the next cash crop. He’ll also share adjustments he’s made to successfully no-till crops into green cover crops.
No-Tiller, Williamsport, IND.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Choose from 6 High-Powered No-Till Classrooms (1st Set)
- Putting Manure in its Place Without Making a Mess of No-Tilled Fields
- Winning Waterway Construction and Maintenance Strategies to Help No-Till Systems Work Efficiently
- Putting More Money in Your Pocket with a Diversified No-Till Operation
- Tips for Better No-Till Planter Adjustments and Operation
- Spring Strategies for Building Soil Health with Cover Crops and No-Till
- Using Advanced No-Till Seeding Methods to Protect Soils and Improve Soil Health
View the 2019 Program for additional information
11:45 to 1:15 p.m.
The Annual NNTC Luncheon with Support from AgroLiquid (Included in registration fee)
11th Annual Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners Program
AgroLiquid and No-Till Farmer will recognize three no-tillers judged to be environmentally, economically and practically responsible with their no-till nutrient management programs.
The fertility practices and techniques utilized by these top-notch no-tillers — recognized as Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners — will provide you with some valuable ideas to consider in your own no-till operation for the coming year.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
20 Super No-Till Roundtables (1st Set)
- Drill Setups for Dynamite Soybean Stands
- Simple Strategies for Applying Manure Effectively
- Proven Tips for No-Tilling Vegetables Successfully
- Super Side dressing Strategies for No-Tillers
- Safeguarding No-Tilled Fields from Seed, Soil Diseases
- Ramping Up Production of No-Tilled Alfalfa, Forages
- Exclusively for Case IH Planter Users
- Finding a Fit Using Twin Rows on Your Farm Operation
- Getting Back to Basics with Strip-Till Berm Building
- Outstanding Opportunities with Non-GMO Crops
- Cover Crop Strategies in the Northern Plains, PNW
- Cover Crop Strategies in the Mid-South, Southeast
- Cover Crop Strategies in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic
- Cover Crop Strategies in the Great Lakes, Ontario
- Cover Crop Strategies in Ohio
- Cover Crop Strategies in Indiana
- Cover Crop Strategies in Illinois
- Cover Crop Strategies in Iowa
- Cover Crop Strategies in Missouri
- Cover Crop Strategies in the Southern & High Plains
View the 2019 Program for additional information
2:30 to 3:10 p.m.
Continue discussions from this afternoon's roundtables and get ready for another round of no-till general sessions with coffee and refreshments courtesy of No-Till Farmer.
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Harry Young Jr. Memorial Lecture Series Made possible with the support of Dawn Equipment
Making Your Cover Crops Pay Off —Every Day of the Year
Cover crops have the potential to do many things for no-tillers, one of the most important being improved nutrient cycling in no-tilled soils that can lead to input savings and a healthier bottom line. But many no-tillers are spending $25-$30 an acre on covers and still spending too much on fertilizer due to poor nutrient management, says David Brandt.
The veteran no-tiller and cover crop expert from Carroll, Ohio, will help no-tillers understand how they can get more ROI from covers through making the proper adjustments to their farm’s nutrient program to reduce fertilizer costs without sacrificing yield. Brandt will also share research data on 25 different corn hybrids seeded into high-biomass cover crops on his farm to examine differences in corn emergence, stands and yield.
No-Tiller and Cover Crops Expert, Carroll, Ohio
4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
General Session: Earthworms: Bioengineers and Sentinels of Living No-Tilled Soils
Most no-tillers know the presence of earthworms is an important sign of healthy soils, but their role in farming systems goes well beyond simply digesting residue and improving water infiltration with the tunnels they burrow, says Paul Reed Hepperly.
The Maryville, Tenn.-based agricultural consultant, educator and scientist has studied earthworms for many years and will highlight little-known facts about earthworm behavior and the important job these belowground creatures play in nutrient recycling and balancing soil acidity and soil health. The former research director at The Rodale Institute will also share how no-tillers can create a more favorable environment for earthworms.
Agricultural Consultant, Educator and Scientist, Maryville, Tennessee
5:15 to 7:20 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own
Visit the many restaurants near the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
7:25 to 8:15 p.m.
General Session: Harvest Sunlight, Cater to Covers and Preserve Corn Yields with Wider Rows
Are you looking for ways to boost soil health without taking fields out of production? Retired John Deere engineer and farm consultant Bob Recker might have the answer: By turning off every other row on your planter and doubling per row populations, 60-inch corn leaves space for cover crops, companion crops, grazing livestock and high-clearance equipment.
Recker, who operates Waterloo, Iowa-based Cedar Valley Innovation, will share how his system — discovered by accident in 2017 and now under study on 23 farms across the Midwest — can help no-tillers build soil health and leverage increased sunlight without dinging corn yields.
Retired John Deere Engineer & Farm Consultant, Waterloo, Iowa
8:15 to 9:05 p.m.
General Session: Preparing No-Till Operations for the Digital Revolution in Agriculture
Many data scientists argue that machine and agronomic data in agriculture fail to meet the definition of “big data.” But the combination of technology and venture capital directed at agriculture are changing the landscape with respect to the food system, says Scott Shearer.
The chair of Ohio State University’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering will explain how machine learning and cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), data standards and exchange, data ownership, privacy and security, emerging ecosystems and broadband internet access and automation will affect all facets of food systems in the future and how no-tillers should prepare.
Ag Engineering Professor, Ohio State University
9:10 to 11:59 p.m.
Wrap Up Your Day at the NNTC Hospitality Event (Made possible with the support of Hawkins)
Enjoy this valuable opportunity to network and talk about the day's presentations and hot no-till topics with your fellow no-tillers while enjoying refreshments and light snacks, courtesy of Hawkins.