BROOKFIELD, Wis. — The organizers of the largest farmer-attended strip-tillage conference in the nation have announced 12 companies joining on as title partners for the 5th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Iowa City, Iowa, on July 26-27, 2018.

AgroLiquid, Blu-Jet Mfg. Co., Copperhead Ag, Dawn Equipment Co., Environmental Tillage Systems, Ingersoll, Kuhn Krause, Montag Mfg., Schlagel Mfg., Vulcan Equipment and Yetter Mfg. Co. will return as title sponsors, with Topcon Agriculture joining for 2018. All 12 companies will exhibit during the 2-day educational event.

Attendees at the 2017 National Strip-Tillage Conference in Omaha, Neb.

“We’re excited these 12 leading companies want to support strip-tillers around the world with 2 days of money and time-saving ideas and strategies that the strip-till community can put into practice right away,” says Jack Zemlicka, managing editor of Strip-Till Farmer. “Our goal is to deliver the most insightful learning and networking event to strip-tillers, and we wouldn’t be able to do so without the support of these businesses.”

The first four conferences, held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Bloomington, Ill., and Omaha, Neb., attracted hundreds of national and international attendees. The 2017 conference alone connected 375 attendees from more than 24 states and 3 continents during 7 general sessions, 12 classrooms, 26 roundtables and on-site networking.

A full conference program will be released soon, but initial speakers identified for the 2018 conference include:

  • Laurent (Woody) Van Arkel, strip-till farmer, Dresden, Ontario
  • Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension Educator of Crops at the University of Minnesota Extension
  • Ray Asebedo, Professor of Precision Agriculture at Kansas St. University
  • Paul Hamann, strip-till farmer, Fountain, Minn.
  • Joshua McGrath, Extension Associate Professor of Soils at the University of Kentucky
  • Jack Boyer, strip-till farmer, Reinbeck, Iowa
  • Joe Sisk, strip-till farmer, Hopkinsville, Ky.

The 2018 event will also feature an exclusive 3-hour workshop, “Getting to the Root of Your Strip-Till Soil Health,” with expert soil scientist Mike Petersen, who has nearly 45 years of experience in the field as an agronomist and soil health expert. Attendees will go into the field with Petersen and gain hands-on, in-depth analysis, tips and proven techniques for improving soil health and root structure.

Early Bird Registration is open for the 2018 event through May 30 at $244 per person and $224 for additional farm or family members. Included with each conference registration is a free “Strip-Till Bonuses” package consisting of valuable reference materials, such as a 1-year subscription to No-Till Farmer (a $44.95 value) plus several special management reports. Registration also includes 3 meals, as well as refreshments during the 2-day event.

More details of the conference can be found at For more information or questions about the National Strip-Tillage Conference, contact Jack Zemlicka at (262) 777-2441 or

The host Marriott Coralville Hotel & Conference Center is holding a block of rooms for the conference. Reservations can be made by calling (319) 688-4000 or (800) 229-9290.