National Strip-Tillage Conference




We’re excited to bring you this unique, one-of-a-kind learning experience assembling the best strip-tillers, agronomists and researchers together in one location to share cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy. 



6:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Strip-Till Registration Time

7:00 to 7:50 a.m.

Early Bird Breakfast — Presented by Titan Machinery

7:50 to 8:45 a.m.

“Digging Into the Dirty Details of Your Strip-Till System to Build Biodiversity”


Mike Petersen

Soil Health Expert

Strip-till is far and beyond simply the tools used to create an ideal seedbed within several inches of tilled soil. In fact, most of the answers to questions farmers might have about their strip-tilling efforts lie right beneath the surface in the crop’s root structure, according to expert soil scientist Mike Petersen.
    “With strip-till, we change the thought process of common fertilization practices, broad-acre tillage and at times, no-till, as not being very effective or the most efficient method for placing nutrients in the root pathway,” Petersen says.
    Petersen delves into what is happening to the physical condition of the soil and the crop(s) strip-tillers plant, including how a strip-till systems approach can overcome soil resistance, sidewall smear, early porosity and moisture or dryness. He’ll also explore how these factors affect the newly emerging seedling and the issues of emergence and root development.

9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Choose from the final 4 In-Depth Strip-Till Classrooms

  1. Busting Bins: Tips & Tactics for Strip-Tilling High-Yielding Corn
  2. Leveraging Sensor Technology to be Smarter & Smaller with Nutrient Applications
  3. Pushing Production & Profit with Twin-Row Strip-Till
  4. Managing what You Measure: Soil Health Tips for Strip-Tillers

View 2018 program for additional information

10:15 to 11:00 a.m.

"Keeping Your Soil & Applied Nutrients Where They Belong: In the Field"


Jodi DeJong-Hughes

Regional Extension Educator
University of Minnesota

Strip-tillers often speak of their fields’ ability to absorb the impact of a hard rain, without seeing precious topsoil or applied nutrients wash away. But just how are the fertilizer savings and reduced soil erosion being measured and managed? Recent research by University of Minnesota regional extension educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes is putting numbers behind the benefits of keeping soil and nutrients in the field where it belongs.
    “Farmers can lose the equivalent of $55 of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium into the ditch,” says DeJong-Hughes, who details her recent research on quantifying the value of conservation tillage techniques as erosion-reducing tactics, including cover crops, crop selection and tillage depths.

11:00 to 11:10 a.m.

2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference Title Sponsor Recognition

11:10 to 11:55 a.m.

"What Have We Learned About How Tillage
Systems & Cover Crops Affect Soil Health?"


Harold van Es

Professor of Soil Science
and Chair of the Department
of Crop and Soil Sciences
Cornell University

Treating “sick soils” isn’t as simple as applying a Band-Aid or injecting an antibiotic. A permanent path to recovery requires a thorough diagnosis and an incremental plan.
    Harold van Es, a professor of soil science at Cornell University and chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, has been digging into the dynamics of developing healthy soils and strong biological activity. His team developed the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health (CASH) framework, which includes the measurement of 16 soil health indicators that represent important processes in the soil. CASH can be used to identify specific problems related to physical, biological and chemical concerns in the soil, and CASH reports allow for targeted management approaches.
    van Es will discuss how different management practices impact biological, physical and chemical indicators and what strip-tillers can learn from those variables to improve soil biology.

11:55 a.m. to Noon.

Get Ready to Put All that Strip-Till Knowledge to Work

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Special Post-Conference Workshop


"Getting to the Root of Your Strip-Till Soil Health"

(This workshop, limited to 50 attendees, costs just $75 to attend. It is available only to paid registered NSTC attendees. Sign up for this workshop using the registration form on Page 8 of the program.)

Expert soil scientist Mike Petersen dug his first soil pit 35 years ago. More than 1,500 digs later, he has determined that strip-till and accurate nutrient applications can achieve 300-bushel corn more efficiently and affordably than conventional tillage. Prepare to get your hands dirty during this special 3-hour workshop following the conclusion of the conference on Friday, July 27, where Petersen will take a select group into the field for in-depth analysis, tips and proven techniques for improving soil health and root structure.

Questions about the National Strip-Tillage Conference?

For general conference inquiries contact Strip-Till Farmer
by phone at (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388;
by fax at (262) 786-5564;
or by email at

To learn about sponsorship opportunities contact Michael Ellis
at (262) 777-2432 or

To learn about group attendance discounts contact Dallas Ziebell
at (262) 777-2412 or


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