WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
9:00 a.m. to 7:30 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.
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 Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor)
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 Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor)
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 Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor)
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 Indiana E (1st Floor)
- Winning Waterway Construction and Maintenance Strategies to Help No-Till Systems Work Efficiently Marriott 7-8 (2nd Floor)
- Putting More Money in Your Pocket with a Diversified No-Till Operation Indiana A-D (1st Floor)
- Tips for Better No-Till Planter Adjustments and Operation Marriott 9-10 (2nd Floor)
- Spring Strategies for Building Soil Health with Cover Crops and No-Till Florida/Illinois (1st Floor)
- Using Advanced No-Till Seeding Methods to Protect Soils and Improve Soil Health Indiana F-G (1st Floor)
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 Marriott 1-6 (2nd Floor)
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 Marriott 8 (2nd Floor)
- Simple Strategies for Applying Manure Effectively Florida (1st Floor)
- Proven Tips for No-Tilling Vegetables Successfully Austin (2nd Floor)
- Super Side dressing Strategies for No-Tillers Indiana F (1st Floor)
- Safeguarding No-Tilled Fields from Seed, Soil Diseases Boston (2nd Floor)
- Ramping Up Production of No-Tilled Alfalfa, Forages Denver (2nd Floor)
- Exclusively for Case IH Planter Users Tennessee (1st Floor)
- Finding a Fit Using Twin Rows on Your Farm Operation Indiana G (1st Floor)
- Getting Back to Basics with Strip-Till Berm Building Indiana A (1st Floor)
- Outstanding Opportunities with Non-GMO Crops Kentucky (1st Floor)
- Cover Crop Strategies in the Northern Plains, PNW Indiana B (1st Floor)
- Cover Crop Strategies in the Mid-South, Southeast Indiana C (1st Floor)
- Cover Crop Strategies in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic California (1st Floor)
- Cover Crop Strategies in the Great Lakes, Ontario Marriott 7 (2nd Floor)
- Cover Crop Strategies in Ohio Marriott 9 (2nd Floor)
- Cover Crop Strategies in Indiana Marriott 10 (2nd Floor)
- Cover Crop Strategies in Illinois Indiana D (1st Floor)
- Cover Crop Strategies in Iowa Columbus (2nd Floor)
- Cover Crop Strategies in Missouri Texas (1st Floor)
- Cover Crop Strategies in the Southern & High Plains Atlanta (2nd Floor)
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 Cross Slot.
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 Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor)
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 Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor)
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
Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor)
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 Marriott 5-6 (2nd Floor)
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)
Indiana Ballroom (1st Floor)
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.