Farmers interested in learning how to incorporate a no-till system into their farm enterprise should plan on attending the No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference, set for Jan 29-30 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.
Crowd favorites from previous conferences, including Dwayne Beck, Dakota Lakes Research Farm; Kirk Gadzia, Resource Management Services and Ray Ward, Ward Laboratories and Phil Needham, Needham Ag Solutions, highlight the program. But a host of agronomic experts and no-till producers will share insight, too.
"With input prices such as fertilizer, fuel and seed rising at an astronomic rate, we believe this slate of speakers can help farmers learn how to gain more profit per acre with a no-tillage system," says Brian Lindley, co-coordinator of No-Till on the Plains, Inc. "No-till is more than a practice. It's a systems-approach to farming that requires a change of mindset."
The Conference features four keynote speakers, and numerous breakout sessions, covering a gamut of topics including no-till for beginners, to fertility and soil health, cover crops, canola and wheat production, carbon trapping, equipment selection and set-up and nitrogen management.
The speaker slate includes several farmers from throughout the High Plains, adds Jana Lindley, conference co-coordinator.
"This year we probably have more producer speakers than ever before," she says.
Also, more than 65 vendors are scheduled to participate in the No-Till on the Plains Trade Show, so producers with questions about sprayers, planting equipment, seed and chemicals, marketing and agronomic services will have an opportunity to talk one-one-one with those in the know.
Cost for attending No-Till on the Plains is $200. Spouses can get in for $45. Register online at www.notil.org or send a check to No-Till on the Plains, Inc., P.O. Box 379, Wamego, KS 66547-0379. For information, call 88803305142 or e-mail [email protected].
Second AIM Symposium designed to make you think
Those attending the No-Till on the Plains conference on Jan. 29-30 may wish to sign up for the second annual Agriculture's Innovative Minds Symposium, held Jan. 31 at the Bicentennial Center Heritage Hall.
Keynote speakers at this event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will challenge producers to take their no-till operations to the highest level of agronomic performance and profit.
"The AIM Symposium generated great one-on-one interaction and idea exchange last year. We think producers attending the event can learn a wealth of ideas that can help them achieve even greater levels of success with their no-till system," says No-Till on the Plains co-coordinator Brian Lindley.
In-depth, yet practical information about soil fertility, intensive crop management for wheat and canola, and no-till tools are among the topics that a slate of dynamic speakers will address.
Attend the AIM Symposium for $150; lunch and special AIM speaker materials is included for those who pre-register. Lunch and materials cannot be guaranteed for walk-ins.