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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIST OF EVENTS
Ohio No-Till Conference
December 3, 2014 — Plain City, Ohio
The annual Ohio No-Till Conference will be held on Dec. 3, at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City. The program starts at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 3:45. It will feature two panel discussions on hot topics for Ohio: managing fertilizer to minimize harm to water quality; and planting successfully into cover crops. Experienced farmers and crop consultants will provide their wisdom based on many years of on-farm research and practice. Also on the schedule are presentations on managing weeds in no-till and cover crops, and how "Big Data" can benefit a farmer.
Registration is $40.00 before Nov. 26 and $50.00 at the door. To register, send a check (payable to Ohio No-Till Council) to:
Mark Wilson, Land Stewards, 1122 Somerlot Hoffman Road East, Marion, OH 43302
For more information, visit fabe.osu.edu/notill.
CCSI Event — Soil Health: Weed Control, Cover Crops And Beyond
December 4, 2014 — Washington, Ind.
The Conservation Cropping Systems INitiative (CCSI) and local partners will host a workshop on Dec. 4 at the Washington Park Community Building in Washington.
Featured speaker Jim Hoorman of Ohio State University will focus on soil function/ecology and promoting beneficial organisms to fight insects, weeds, and diseases. Larry Huffmeyer, a CCSI farmer and agronomist for WinField Solutions, will discuss tools to battle tough weeds — from proper chemical selection and nozzling, to use of cover crops. Barry Fisher (USDA-NRCS) will bring everything together in his presentation on a systems approach to improved soil health.
CEUs have been requested. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST. The cost to attend is $5 and can be paid online, or at the door with cash or a check. Register online or by telephone at 812-254-4780 ext. 3.
For more information, contact Lisa Holscher at email@example.com or 812-890-3631.
Exactrix Nutrient Management Seminar
December 8, 2014 — Lincoln, Neb.
Exactrix Global Systems is hosting a nutrient management seminar on Monday, Dec., 8 to focus on improving the net margin 12% under 2015 production pricing. The event will feature 5 morning and 5 afternoon speakers, with topics including reviewing variable rate applications with new map technologies, reviewing nutrients in wheat and corn, testing with crop sensors in season and more. The full program is available here.
Registration is $150 per attendee and includes lunch at Greenfields Pancake House. To register, contact Pam at 509-535-9925. Contact Alex at 509-456-0432 for more information.
Pennsylvania Soil Health Workshops
Several Locations Throughout December
Penn State Extension is hosting four Soil Health Workshops in various locations in December 2014. The workshops will focus on the science and art of soil health — what it is, how it's measured and how it can be improved — and how healthy soils promote sustainable high yields.
The workshops will be held at the following locations and dates:
Friday, Dec. 12
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Contact: Joel Hunter, 814-333-7460
No charge; Register by Dec. 10.
Tuesday, Dec. 16
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
Contact: Jeff Graybill, 717-394-6851
No charge; Register by Dec. 15
Wednesday, Dec. 17
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Stoll Natural Resource Center, 200 Lake Road, Towanda, PA 18848
Contact: Mark Madden, 570-928-8941
No charge; Register by Dec. 15
Friday, Dec. 19
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Berks County Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533
Contact: Mena Hautau, 610-378-1327
No charge; Register by Dec. 17
Kentucky No-Till And Soil Health Forum
December 17, 2014 — Princeton, Ky.
A no-till and soil health forum will be held at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST. Leaders in no-till and cover-crop farming will discuss the benefits, opportunities and challenges associated with improving the health and function of their soils through the adoption of soil health management systems.
There will also be a farmer panel. On the panel is:
- Jerry Peery, grain farmer from Hickman County
- Robert Emmerson, grain farmer from Graves County
- Richard Hughes, grain farmer from Logan County
- Bobby James, tobacco and grain farmer from Fayette County
- Brent Cornett, tobacco and grain farmer from Laurel County
Registration starts at 9 a.m. with coffee and donuts. Directions to the center can be found here. RSVP to Steve Blanford at 859-224-7607 by Nov. 30.
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.