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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

 

Times

Sessions

7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. “Strip-Till Registration Time.” 1st Floor See more
Get registered! Pick up your conference materials, including FREE special strip-till reports and literature valued at $118.70.

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8:50 to 9:00 a.m. "Official Start of the 2016 National Strip-Tillage Conference in the Redbird Ballroom."
9:00 to 9:45 a.m. “Adopting Smart Strip-Till Methods to Strengthen Soils, Increase Yields.” Redbird C-D (1st Floor) See more
2.jpgFarming variable soils in southwestern Minnesota, Jerry Ackermann has a goal of raising 200-bushel corn on 140 pounds of nitrogen. At 190-bushel yields, he and his wife, Nancy, are pretty close to achieving it. Aggressive — but calculated — experimentation with fertilization practices and strip-till trials on their 1,200 acre operation in Lakefield, Minn., have helped decrease input costs and overcome climate challenges to raise corn yields that are commonly 20 bushels per acre above the county average. Ackermann will break down their motives and methods for reducing the ratio of applied nitrogen per bushel of corn to increase production and explain why sometimes, the highest yields aren’t the most economical.

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9:50 to 10:50 a.m. “How Well do You Know Your Strip-Till Soils?” Redbird C-D (1st Floor) See more
2.jpg With more than 25 years of field experience with the USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Ray Archuleta is widely regarded for his hands-on approach to analyzing and comparing soil health in a variety of tillage systems throughout the U.S. and overseas. Archuleta’s belief that promoting healthy strip-till soils requires following the lead of nature has solidified his reputation as a leading advocate for conservation tillage systems and earned him the nickname, ‘Ray the Soils Guy.’ “Healthy soil doesn’t want to be disturbed, and it wants to be covered perpetually,” he says. “And remember: The soil and plant are one — they are not separate.” During this premier lecture series general session, Archuleta will discuss how to use diversity in cropping systems for improving soil function and help strip-tillers learn the logistics of soil health.

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11:00 a.m. to Noon

Choose from 4 Thought-Provoking Strip-Till Classrooms

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Select one of four outstanding Strip-Till Classrooms to absorb more specialized learning. Send others from your farming operation to separate sessions to broaden your strip-till knowledge.

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11:00 a.m. to Noon

Strip-Till Classroom #1…

“Increasing ‘Yieldability’ of Strip-Tilled Soybeans.” Redbird E-G (1st Floor)See more
3.jpgFarming 1,800 acres in Tekonsha, Mich., strip-tiller Ryan Groholske is accustomed to navigating rocky — though fertile — ground with rewarding results. Having increased strip-tilled corn yields by as much as 50 bushels per acre in some areas through intensive fertilizer experimentation, Groholske has had success applying similar strategies to increase soybean production and profitability. “With strip-till, I have a raised berm, so the plants are higher than the rest of the ground, especially on top of that corn stubble, so we’re able to harvest the plants a little bit lower,” he says. Groholske will relate his strip-tilled soybean success to his overall farm management system that includes banded nutrient applications and extensive fertilizer application analysis.

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11:00 a.m. to Noon

Strip-Till Classroom #2…

“Creating a Biological Architecture for Strip-Till Success.” Redbird C (1st Floor) See more
4.jpgBuilding a sustainable strip-till system and strengthening soil structure are cornerstones of Tim Smith’s corn and soybean operation in Eagle Grove, Iowa. A commitment to the NRCS’s Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) has helped Smith limit erosion, reduce fertilizer application costs and increase equipment and fuel efficiency. “The biggest return with strip-till is greatly reduced soil loss,” he says. “My soil holds up better in adverse conditions by having more residue on top to preserve structure.” Smith will share how the addition of cover crops, refinements to his nutrient management practices and the introduction of a bioreactor have contributed to a comprehensive strip-tilling strategy.

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11:00 a.m. to Noon

Strip-Till Classroom #3…

“Successful Strip-Till in Challenging Climates & Soil Conditions.” Redbird D (1st Floor) See more
4.jpg Lance Petersen has only been strip-tilling for 5 years, but has already seen his system weather the best and worst climate and field conditions imaginable. Farming in Rush City, Minn., adaptability is critical to the success of strip-tilling in wet, sandy loam soils. Petersen’s philosophy of having a “backup plan” to supplement his strip-till system includes equipment innovations, an evolving nitrogen management program and cover crop experimentation. Petersen will discuss how he’s overcome climate and soil challenges with strip-till, along with future goals to improve yields and soil structure.

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11:00 a.m. to Noon

Strip-Till Classroom #4…

“Positioning Fertilizer to Hit the Sweet Spot of Strip-Tilled Corn Roots.” Redbird B (1st Floor) See more
5.jpg Location is everything when it comes to maximizing the benefits of banded fertilizer application in strip-till. How deep is too deep and how far away from the seed is too far? A recent study by Kansas State University researchers examined the impact that distance of fertilizer application from the seed can have on early emergence of corn in strip-till systems. Soil fertility specialist Dorivar Ruiz Diaz will analyze the research results and share some best practices for strip-tillers to consider when banding fertilizer.

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12:00 to 12:30 p.m. “Lunch Break - Courtesy of CropZilla” See more
5.jpg Refuel with a sandwich, chips and drink and make some new connections with fellow strip-tillers before the afternoon program begins. (Included in your strip-till conference registration fee.)

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12:45 to 1:35 p.m. “Tracking the ROI of a Strip-Till System.” Redbird C-D (1st Floor) See more
5.jpgWhile many farmers collect field data, it’s knowing what to do with it that will help you improve the productivity and efficiency of your strip-till operation. This is something strip-tiller Trent Sanderson has made a priority to improve management of his family’s 2,000-acre corn, soybean and wheat operation near Clare, Ill. Sanderson will share how number crunching and analysis of collected data, along with the use of precision farming practices like electric row clutches and rate control, are helping him assess the return on investment of the farm’s strip-till system and shape annual input expenditures.

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1:50 to 2:50 p.m.

11 Super Strip-Till Roundtables

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Select from 11 Strip-Till Roundtables where you can ask questions, discuss challenges and contribute practical, field-proven ideas on a specific topic. Send others from your farm to different sessions to capture even more learning from these unique idea swaps.

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1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 1. To Move Over or Not to Move Over: Where do I Place My Berm? Redbird F (1st Floor)
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 2. How to Hit the Target with Your Banded Fertilizer Redbird C (1st Floor)
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 3. Using Strip-Till to Adapt to Mother Nature Redbird E (1st Floor)
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 4. Tips for Strip-Tilling Beyond Corn & Soybeans Beaufort (1st Floor)
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 5. For Fall Strip-Tillers Only Redbird B (1st Floor)
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 6. For Spring Strip-Tillers Only Redbird G (1st Floor)
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 7. Perfecting Controlled Traffic in Strip-Till Fell A (2nd Floor)
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 8. How to Succeed with Strip-Tilled, Twin-Row Corn Fell B (2nd Floor)
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 9. Stretching Your Fertilizer Dollar with Split Applications Fell C (2nd Floor)
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 10. Better Advice for Strip-Tilling SoybeansRedbird A (1st Floor)
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. 11. What I Learned During My First Year Strip-Tilling Redbird D (1st Floor)
2:50 to 3:30 p.m. “Networking/Refreshment Break — Courtesy of Spectrum Premium Non-GMO Seed.” See more
5.jpg Take a break while sharing more striptill ideas with your colleagues. Then get ready to choose from 4 more thought-provoking Strip-Till Classrooms.

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3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Choose From 4 Strip-Till Classrooms Jam-Packed with Learning Opportunities

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Strip-Till Classroom #5…

“Stacking Up Nutrient Stewardship Benefits with Strip-Till.” Redbird B (1st Floor) See more
5.jpg Farming in an area that drains directly into the Western Lake Erie Basin, Gibsonburg, Ohio, striptiller David Myerholtz intensively manages nutrient application on his 1,500-acre corn, soybean and wheat operation. With an emphasis on the 4Rs of nutrient management, he’s adapted cover crops, split nitrogen applications and variable-rate fertilizing to reduce erosion and runoff. Myerholtz will share his experience and evolution with developing a comprehensive fertility program based on the four cornerstones of nutrient management in strip-till.

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3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Strip-Till Classroom #6…

“Putting Together a Practical Game Plan for Adding Cover Crops in Strip-Till.” Redbird C (1st Floor) See more
5.jpg Incorporating cover crops in strip-till is an increasingly popular part of a comprehensive system. But selecting the most beneficial varieties or mixes along with the most practical seeding methods can be a challenge. Clare, Ill., strip-tiller Trent Sanderson has utilized cover crops for several years on his family’s 2,000-acre operation, and recently started his own cover-crop seed dealership. He will discuss the soil and nutrient retention benefits of his experimentation with cover cropping methods in strip-till to include interseeding cereal rye with a homemade machine.

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3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Strip-Till Classroom #7…

“Innovating Out of Necessity to Improve Strip-Till Efficiency.” Redbird D (1st Floor) See more
5.jpg Strip-tiller Adam Nechanicky takes pride in getting the most production from his family’s corn and soybean operation near Buckingham, Iowa. Strip-tilling corn for nearly 10 years, he has meticulously modified their farm equipment setups to match production and fertility goals, including improved emergence and plant health in traditionally lower-producing fields. Nechanicky will share his approach to adapting farm machinery to suit your strip-till operation, optimize efficiency and meet production goals.

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3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Strip-Till Classroom #8…

“Focusing on Flexibility to Increase Strip-Till Productivity.” Redbird E-G (1st Floor) See more
5.jpg Developing a strip-till system isn’t an easy process. Just ask Brian Watkins, who took nearly 15 years to confidently transition from no-tilled corn to strip-till on his 7,000-acre operation near Kenton, Ohio. Throughout the transition, experimentation has been a mainstay of his strip-till system to include incorporation of crop sensing technology, equipment setup modifications and intensive fertilizer management practices. Watkins will share his experience and payback utilizing remote sensing tools to improve fertilizer application methods, along with the addition of an air seeder cart for dry fertilizer application in strip-till.

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4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

9 Even Better Strip-Till Roundtables

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Once you determine which of the following 9 sessions to attend, send others from your farm to other sessions so you can later swap dozens of great ideas that you can add to your 2016 strip-till operation.

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4:45 to 5:45 p.m. 12. What is the Secret to Building an Ideal Berm? Redbird E (1st Floor)
4:45 to 5:45 p.m. 13. Selecting, Adjusting & Upgrading Strip-Till Row Units Redbird G (1st Floor)
4:45 to 5:45 p.m. 14. Creating a Natural Strip with Cover Crops Redbird B (1st Floor)
4:45 to 5:45 p.m. 15. What Can I do About Those Invasive Weeds? Beaufort (1st Floor)
4:45 to 5:45 p.m. 16. Making the Most of Irrigation in Strip-Till Fell A (2nd Floor)
4:45 to 5:45 p.m. 17. Investing in Implement Guidance: Price vs. Payback Fell B (2nd Floor)
4:45 to 5:45 p.m. 18. Strip-Till Planter Setups: Tricks, Tactics & Troubleshooting Redbird F (1st Floor)
4:45 to 5:45 p.m. 19. Breaking Down Top Corn-on-Corn Residue Management Tips Redbird A (1st Floor)
4:45 to 5:45 p.m. 20. Calling All Earthworms: Building Soil Health with Strip-Till Fell C (2nd Floor)
6:15 to 7:40 p.m. "The National Strip-Tillage Conference Dinner — Courtesy of AgroLiquid" Redbird C-D (1st Floor) See more
5.jpg Relax and enjoy a fabulous dinner at the Marriott. We’ll follow dinner with an insightful and informative general session presentation from Kansas State Soil and Fertility Management Professor Dorivar Ruiz Diaz. (Included in your strip-till conference registration fee.)

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7:00 to 7:40 p.m. “Fine-Tuning Strip-Till Fertility for Long-Term Benefits.” Redbird C-D (1st Floor) See more
5.jpg Proper placement of fertilizer in strip-till is a key factor to optimize your yields and minimize environmental impact. But in practice, the right placement is continually evolving, and can be impacted by planting technology, tillage system and weather variability. Recent research by Kansas State University soil fertility specialist Dorivar Ruiz Diaz compared placement of phosphorus in striptill with other tillage systems to track uptake, carryover and loss. Diaz will share the results of a recently concluded 10-year university study on phosphorus application on corn after soybeans in different tillage systems and analyze key takeaways for strip-tillers from the study.

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7:45 to 8:45 p.m. "Dessert and Networking Event Courtesy of AgroLiquid"
8:45 to Midnight “The 2016 National Strip-Tillage Conference Hospitality Event Courtesy of Environmental Tillage Systems.” Redbird B (1st Floor) See more
5.jpg This evening hospitality event offers a way to relax after a full day of learning and continue strip-till discussions with fellow attendees before calling it a day. (Included in your strip-till conference registration fee.)

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