Nebraska No-Till Conferences Set for February 10, 11

Nebraska No-Till Conferences Set for February 10, 11

January 13, 2009

Corn and soybean producers can learn how to successfully implement no-till farming practices at the Nebraska No-Till Conference.

The conference, sponsored by UNL extension, is from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at UNL's Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead and on Feb. 11 at the Ag Center in Holdrege. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Conference organizers, UNL Extension educators Keith Glewen and Chuck Burr, and Paul Jasa, UNL extension engineer, said producers will learn the benefits of no-till and how it can work for them.

Speakers and Topics

Speakers include no-till farmers, university specialists and industry representatives. The ARDC conference focuses on "Erosion Control Beyond No-Till" with presentations by Dietrich Kastens, farm operator, Atwood, Kan., and Barry Fisher, State Agronomist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Indiana. Fisher will present “Making Cover Crops Work in No-Till” and Kastens will focus on using farm machinery technology in no-till. Other topics and presenters include: "Cost Share for Erosion Repair" with Roger Reichmuth, District Conservationist, NRCS; "Evaluating the Corn-Soybean System" with Paul Jasa, UNL Extension Engineer, Dan Gillespie, farm operator, Battle Creek, and Keith Glewen, UNL Extension Educator; "Gully Management in Western Iowa Hills" with Randy Caviness, farm operator, Greenfield, Iowa; and "How I Heal Gullies" with Dan Gillespie.

No-till farm operators Kastens and Fisher will also speak at the Holdrege conference. Steve Melvin, UNL Extension Educator, will discuss "Irrigation Strategies in No-Till."  Ray Ward, co-owner and president of Ward Laboratories, will present “No-Till Fertilizer Strategies for This Year.” A panel discussion will feature three local no-till producers who will share their experiences and successes.

Pre-registration is Due Feb. 4 for Free Conference

Pre-registration is due Feb 4. For more information or to register for the ARDC location, call (402) 624-8030 or (800) 529-8030 or e-mail kglewen1@unl.edu. For more information or to register for the Holdrege location, call (308) 995-4222 or e-mail cburr1@unl.edu. Online registration is available at http://ardc.unl.edu/no-till.shtml.

Conference Sponsors

There is no fee for this conference, courtesy of the following sponsors: UNL Extension in the University's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nebraska Soybean Board, Ag Services Associates (ASA), Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District, Farm Credit Services of America, John Deere Risk Protection - Blake Johnson, Lofquist Welding Inc., Lower Platte North Natural Resources District, Tri Basin Natural Resources District, USDA FSA, and USDA NRCS.