No-till on the Plains Winter Conference--pursuit of the ideal
The premiere crop production conference in the Midwest comes to the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan., Jan. 27 and 28.
The 13th annual No-till on the Plains Winter Conference has evolved into the most respected "continuous no-till" conference and trade show of its type in North America.
Take advantage of the early discount of $150 ($200 after Jan. 15) to reserve your spot at the 2009 Winter Conference, where you will have the opportunity to visit with other no-tillers from various regions. This year several "producer speakers"--each in a different stage of continuous no-till (CNT) with a variety of unique conditions--will offer presentations. In addition, several no-tillage experts will engage the crowd. The speaking lineup features Kirk Gadzia, N.M.; Paul Jasa, UNL, Neb.; Steve Melvin, UNL, Neb.; Kenneth Miller and Marlyn Richter, N.D.; Phil Needham, Ky.; Moe Russell, Iowa; Ray Ward, Neb.; Brian and Keith Berns, Neb.; Humberto Blanco, KSU, Kan.; Tom Cannon, Okla.; Gail Fuller, Kan.; Stuart Hoff, UNL, Neb.; Andy Holzwarth, Kan.; Bill Kuenstler and Jerry Lemunyon, NRCS, Texas; Gary Maskus, Colo.; Lance Russell, Hays, Kan.; Mark Watson, Neb.; and Marty Williams, Okla.
These experts are extremely knowledgeable, and growers will have the opportunity to ask questions, share trade secrets and interact with other attendees, participants and presenters.
Regardless of experience level, the 2009 Winter Conference will meet your needs. Courses are available for all experience levels. Topics include Producers' Real Life Experiences, Fertility and Soil Health, Cover Crops and Alternative Crops, Nutrient Cycling, Economics--Know Your Individual Farm, Grazing Systems/Livestock, Water Management and Utilizing No-till Under Irrigation, Rainfall Simulator and Soil Demonstrations, Soil Compactibility and Carbon Sequestration, Managing Residue, and Rotation of Herbicides.
No-till on the Plains promotes solely continuous no-tillage because all data points to this practice as the most profitable cropping system in production agriculture. Continuous no-tillage is a system that includes the use of diverse rotations and cover crops, where soil disturbance is kept to an absolute minimum. Using this system ensures agronomic, economic and environmental benefits. One of the most important points that No-till on the Plains stresses to attendees is to take what they hear at the Winter Conference and apply it in their own ways on their own farms. Attendees must work within their management skills, their equipment, and their environment.
Brian Lindley, executive director of No-till on the Plains, comments, "Our theme for the conference this year is 'Pursuit of the Ideal.' This is a topic not unfamiliar to most no-tillers since we realize that we have yet to attain the ultimate yield goals. While most conventional tillage practices have stagnated and their yields have plateaued, continuous no-tillers know we have yet to realize our full potential. This is why we must keep learning from the very best the industry has to offer--producers who are maximizing rotations, crop sequencing practices, fertility, nutrient cycling, and management skills, while achieving an overall food quality that has not been surpassed."
In addition to the Winter Conference, No-till on the Plains is once again offering the exclusive Agriculture's Innovation Minds Symposium Jan. 29 at the Bicentennial Center. The AIM Symposium is held in conjunction with the Winter Conference but is a separate meeting. The premise of the AIM Symposium is to challenge the innovators. The theme of this year's meeting is "Addressing Challenges Facing the Long-term Continuous No-tiller." Top no-till producers only available at AIM will share their insights regarding soil management challenges in long-term no-till, maximizing soil cover in long-term no-till, nutrient requirements in long-term no-till, and the risks/rewards of crop sequencing.
For information or to register for the Winter Conference or the AIM Symposium, contact the office at 888-330-5142 or visit the website at www.notill.org.