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No-Till, Strip-Till & Cover Crop Events
Following is a list of no-till educational events and field days. This listing is free to event organizers. However, the event must be focused on no-till, strip-till or other conservation-tillage practices and is subject to No-Till Farmer's approval.
To submit your event, please e-mail the event's name, date, location and a summary of event highlights — as well as a contact's name, phone number e-mail address, and registration and fee information — to email@example.com.
LIST OF EVENTS
Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Workshop
October 28-29, 2014 — Jonesboro, Ark.
The 2014 Agricultural Cover Crops Conference will be held at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center on Oct. 28-29. Sessions include no-till, cover crop management, soil management, water management, pest management, and economics. Certified crop advisors can earn continuing education units.
The workshop is $75 per person if registered by Oct.15, and increases to $100 after that date. For more information, contact Debbie Moreland at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Lee at 501-501-3173.
Making Cover Crops Pay Field Days
October 29-30, 2014 — Lancaster & Holtwood, Pa.
Cover Crop Solutions is hosting its annual field day in Pennsylvania. The event kicks off with "Meeting of the Minds" on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the DoubleTree Resort on Willow Street in Lancaster. This portion of the event is free and includes presentations by NRCS agronomist Ray Archuleta, Director of Stroud Research Center Bern Sweeney, and Tracy Blackmer, the director of research for Cover Crop Solutions. There will also be a panel discussion on making cover crops pay and a small groups session.
The field day continues on Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Cover Crops Solutions Research Farm in Holtwood where attendees will see cover-crop research plot tours, hear presentations from Wayne Honeycutt of the NRCS and Tracy Blackmer, and more. The Thursday event is $95 and pre-registration is required.
Click here for more details, including the agenda and speaker list, and to register.
Cover Crops Tour
October 30, 2014 — Jo Daviess County, Ill.
The University of Illinois and the USDA NRCS are hosting a cover crops tour on Thursday, Oct. 30. The tour will go from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting at Mike Wills' farm, located at 9981 W. Furlong Rd. in Galena. Visits to the farms of Steve Bader and Dennis Redington will follow. Admission is free. For more information or to register, contact 815-858-2273 or visit https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=11047.
No-Till Management Event
October 31, 2014 — Galeton, Pa.
The Potter County Conservation District, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts and the Pennsylvania EPA are hosting an educational event on no-till management at the Brookland Club in Galeton on Friday, Oct. 31.
No-till, herbicide programs and seed variety purchasing will be discussed. The event will also visit cover crop demonstration plots within a short driving distance.
The first 25 registrants will receive a free copy of SARE's "Managing Cover Crops Profitably," and participants must be present to receive a book. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be provided.
Contact 814-274-8411 ext. 4 or email email@example.com by Monday, Oct. 27 to register.
No-till on the Plains Whirlwind Expo
November 3, 2014 — Marion County, Kan.
No-till on the Plains is hosting a field day on Monday, Nov. 3 in Marion County, which will include field stops showing spring and fall cover crops, a soil pit contrasting long-term, continuous no-tilling and conventional tillage, as well as a session on no-till equipment adjustments and optimization.
Speakers include University of Nebraska Extension engineer Paul Jasa, soil scientists Greg Scott, Star Seed agronomist Dale Strickler, Sedgwick County producer Ryan Speer and Clay County producer Josh Lloyd.
The event is $20 and includes lunch. For the full agenda or to register, visit the No-till on the Plains Web site.
Cover Crops: Grazing Now, Building Soil For The Future
Nov. 12, 2014 — Axtell, Kan.
This free field day hosted by Bill Buessing will focus on grazing cover crops and building soil health. Registration will start at 9 a.m. at the American Legion in Axtell, with the workshop beginning at 10 a.m. Speakers include Kris Ethridge and Bill Buessing. A rainfall simulator by the NRCS will be displayed during lunch, which is included. Following lunch attendees will tour the cover crop plots, and a discussion panel will conclude the field day.
For questions or to pre-register, contact Bill Buessing at 785-336-1853 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is encouraged to plan for lunch.
Making Cover Crops Pay Field Days
November 18-19, 2014 — Memphis, Tenn.
Cover Crops Solutions is hosting its Making Cover Crops Pay Field Days in Memphis on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19. The event will start with the the "Meeting of the Minds" on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis Hotel. This portion of the event is free and open to the public. The field day continues on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Cover Crops Solutions Discovery Farm. This day is also free, but pre-registration is required.
More details will follow when announced. To register, visit the Cover Crops Solutions Web site.
Green Cover Seed Soil Health/Biofuel Field Day
November 20, 2014 — Bladen, Neb.
Green Cover Seed will host a soil health/bio fuelfield day on Nov. 20 in Bladen. Keynote speakers include Dwayne Beck and Wendy Taheri. Beck will discuss the importance of crop rotations and diversity for soil health, as well as productivity and carbon sequestration. Taheri will discuss the critical role of abuscular mycorrhiza in crop production and how to increase levels.
Weather-permitting, attendees will also get to tour a field of double-crop sunflowers with a 10-way companion crop mix. There will also be a demonstration of a small press crushing sunflower oil, and participants will learn how to utilize the oil on their operations. Elwyn Beck will be present to answer questions about biofuel production, use and equipment, and Dan Forgey will join to address crop diversity and rotation.
The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes lunch. Online pre-registration is $35, and day-of registration is $50. The event will meet at Green Cover Seed, located at 918 X Road, Bladen, NE 68928.
Southern Plains Producer & Land Owner Soil Health Conference
January 13-14, 2015 — Ft. Worth, Texas
Green Cover Seed is hosting the Southern Plains Producer and Land Owner Soil Health Conference on Jan. 13 and 14 at the Best Western Plus in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Featuring keynote speakers Gabe Brown, Scott Ravenkamp, Robin and Kelly Griffeth, and Paul Jasa, the conference will focus on the five keys to soil health: keeping the soil covered, minimizing soil disturbance, crop diversity, keeping living roots in the soil at all times, and integration of livestock. There will also be 8 to 10 growers from Texas and Oklahoma who will share their individual experiences with soil health and how it's affected their operations.
Registration information will be available soon.
23rd Annual National No-Tillage Conference
January 14-17, 2015 — Cincinnati, Ohio
The 23rd Annual National No-Tillage Conference will be held Jan. 14-17, 2015 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 4-day program will feature 17 general session speakers, 29 classrooms, 75 roundtables and hours of hallway networking.
Register by Jan. 31, 2014, and receive the discounted rate of $229 — a $130 savings off the onsite rate. Online registration will open shortly, but registration forms can currently be downloaded and faxed or mailed in. For hotel reservations, contact the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, located at 35 W. Fifth St. in Cincinnati, at 1-800-445-8667 and mention the "National No-Tillage Conference" to receive the $104 per night rate.
More information will become available at NoTillConference.com.
70th Annual International SWCS Conference
July 26-29, 2015 — Greensboro, N.C.
The 70th Annual International SWCS Conference will be held at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro on July 26 -29. More information will become available as it's announced.