Reserve your seats now at the Early Bird Registration Rate of just $244. That's a $25.00 savings off the Full Rate!
Register additional farm or family members for just $224.
(Rates increase to $269/$249 after 5/30/18).
Nearly 40 cutting-edge, money-making sessions over 2 days, delivering insightful learning and unlimited networking with the best of the strip-till community.
Kansas State University
Founder, Cover Crop Coaching
"Safeguarding Your Soil with a Strategic Approach to Cover Crops"
During this special 3-hour workshop on Aug. 2 preceding the 4th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference, renowned cover crop guru Steve Groff shared proven secrets to building a foundation of success by knowing the cover cropping basics, uncovering the four key mindsets for effective cover cropping and fine-tuning methods for integrating covers crops in a strip-till system.
Workshop attendees asked their most pressing cover crop questions and shared their observations during an interactive session, featuring Q&A opportunities throughout.
MORE 2017 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS:
Robert Boyle, Boyle Farms, Coolidge, Ariz.
"Creating & Capitalizing on a ‘Closed-Loop’ Strip-Till System.”
Starting with a 160-acre plot of land purchased in 1998, Coolidge, Ariz., farmer Robert Boyle gradually pieced together a checkerboard of 1,200 farmable acres to supplement the family’s established 2,800-cattle dairy farm. Developing a system to cycle nutrients and water from the cropping operation through the dairy — and vice versa — combined with an efficient strip-till system has contributed to a $500-$550-per-acre savings with strip-till. Boyle shared setup, maintenance and payback of a closed-loop strip-till system to include cover crop experimentation and creating a nutritional game plan for fertilizer application.
Mark Richards, Richards Rolling Acres Limited Farms, Dresden, Ontario
“Bankable Benefits of Progressive Precision Farming Practices in Strip-Till.”
For more than a decade, Dresden, Ontario, farmer Mark Richards has adopted and adapted precision farming strategies, including implement guidance, interseeding technology and data analysis on his 3,000-acre corn, soybeans, sugarbeet and wheat operation. The combination of fewer and more efficient passes through the field, precision technology and reduced tillage has contributed to a 15% reduction in fuel costs and healthier crops. Richards shared proven ROI with progressive precision technologies through on-farm trials he’s conducted to measure the benefits and challenges of cutting edge precision farming practices.
Brandon Hunnicutt, Hunnicutt Farms, Giltner, Neb.
“Building Toward the Perfect Seedbed in Strip-Till.”
For more than 25 years, Brandon Hunnicutt’s family has utilized some form of conservation tillage on their 2,600-acre operation near Giltner, Neb. But it wasn’t until 2006 that they committed to strip-till on the majority of their acres after primarily no-tilling and ridge-tilling corn, soybeans, seed corn and popcorn. With goals of creating an ideal growing environment through timed nutrient applications, proper equipment setups, crop flexibility and efficient irrigation, the strategy is paying off with consistent strip-tilled corn yields near 250 bushels per acre. Hunnicutt evaluated the challenges and rewards of utilizing strip-till in an irrigated cropping system, compare and contrast different strip-till equipment setups and assess the value and drawbacks of deep-placed nutrients.
Bryan Ryberg, Ryberg Farms, Buffalo Lake, Minn.
“Keeping an Open Mind with Narrow-Row Strip-Till.”
Strip-tilled fields aren’t designed to win beauty contests, and a picturesque plot of land isn’t nearly as valuable as the benefits of a well-structured system. Buffalo Lake, Minn., farmer Brian Ryberg understands and embraces this philosophy on his 3,000-acre operation. Transitioning from conventional tillage to 22-inch strip-till, nearly two-thirds of Ryberg’s strip-tilled corn, soybean and sugarbeet acres are covered with crop residue. Ryberg discussed his approach to successful residue management in narrow-row strip-till along with the cost savings, input efficiency and equipment setups he’s utilized in his system.
Dean Sponheim, Nora Springs, Iowa
“An Alternative Approach to Boosting Strip-Till Yields.”
Experimentation has always been a staple of Dean Sponheim’s cropping operation. Whether with machine modifications or nutrient management, the Nora Springs, Iowa, farmer is always looking to improve efficiency and productivity. Strip-tilling since 1999, the self-described “accidental conservationist” added a new wrinkle to his system in 2008. Utilizing a method known as strip-cropping, Sponheim alternates 8 rows of strip-tilled soybeans with 8 rows of strip-tilled corn. The results have shown about a 12-15% increase in corn yield and about an $80-$100 per acre increase in net income over more traditional cropping systems. Sponheim broke down the benefits and challenges of a strip-cropping system to include incorporation of cover crops in 2012, fertilizer application and management strategies.
Chad Godsey, Godsey Precision Ag, Eckley, Colo.
“Probing for Profit with Sensing Technology in Strip-Till.”
Growing up on his family’s farm outside of Wray, Colo., Chad Godsey gained an early understanding of how important water is to growing a good crop. This knowledge shaped his professional career as cropping systems specialist with Oklahoma State University and the founder of Godsey Precision Ag, which provides conservation-minded water management, variable-rate prescriptions and agronomic consulting. He’s incorporated soil moisture monitoring technology to apply water more precisely from center pivots on the family farm. Based on crop water needs and current moisture sensor data, he has reduced seed populations on hilltops by about 20% and seen yields increase by 10%. Godsey shared the value and payback of soil and moisture sensing technology in a strip-till system to include better management of seeding populations and water application to increase productivity.
Matt Miller, Mitchell, Neb.
“Supporting Strip-Till: Marrying the Machinery with the Method.”
Striking the right balance between equipment and inputs to maximize the benefits of strip-till is a constant work in progress. As both a strip-tiller and experienced technician at a multi-store farm equipment dealership based in Nebraska, Matt Miller understands both sides of the support equation. Miller shared his experience setting up strip-till equipment to maximize performance on his family’s 450-acre corn, sugarbeet and dry edible bean operation near Mitchell, Neb., and will offer advice on how to solve strip-tillers’ points of pain with machinery and technology.
“100% good information. Good topics and great conversations that produced new strategies to take home and apply on my operation…” — Ryan Shaw, Snover, Mich.
“I have attended every National Strip-Tillage Conference. I learn something new every year…” — Joel Rauenhorst, Easton, Minn.
“The value of cover crops and the way to seed them is an idea that I can take home and add value to my operation. It will help make the soil better for the next generation…” — Henry Kallal, Jerseyville, Ill.
95.2% of Strip-Tillage Conference attendees would recommend attending.
— 2014, 2015 and 2016 National Strip-Tillage Conference Attendee Surveys
Hours of Very Valuable Peer-to-Peer Networking Opportunities
Plus: Gain continuing education credits
Five attendees of the 3rd annual National Strip-Tillage Conference were lucky winners of free registration ($249 value) to attend our 4th annual event held in Omaha, Neb., Aug. 3-4, 2017. The winners include:
> Phil Pickett, Elkhart, Ill., from drawing of all paid registered attendees
> Doug Davenport, Kingman, Ind., and Jerry Douglas, Rossville, Ill., from a drawing of attendees who filled out the two daily surveys
> Grant Laforge, New Holland, Ill., and Charlie Hammer, Beaver Dam, Wis., from a drawing of the event’s roundtable moderators
REGISTER ONLINE now at the Early Bird Registration Rate of just $244. That's a $25.00 savings off the Full Rate! Register additional farm or family members for just $224. (Rates increase to $269/$249 after 5/30/18).
To register offline, please download the 2017 Registration form.
For Hotel Reservations Contact:
Marriott Coralville Hotel & Conference Center
300 East 9th Street, Coralville, IA 52241
Phone: (319) 688-4000, (800) 229-9290
Book Room Online
When making reservations, mention the “National Strip-Tillage Conference” to receive the hotel’s special rate. Room rates increase if more than 2 individuals share the same room. Hotel room cut-off is July 3, 2018 or until allocated rooms are sold out.
The 2018 Speaker Program is currently being developed. In the mean time, view the 2017 Speaker Program to get an idea of the quality of topics and speakers and the agenda format for the 2018 event.
For information about the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference Title Sponsors, visit our Sponsors page.
We are waiting on approval for Certified Crop Adviser credits for the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference. Please check back soon for more information.
The 2017 National Strip-Tillage Conference was approved for 20 Certified Crop Adviser credits in the areas of Nutrient Management, Soil & Water Management and Crop Management!
Attendees were able to earn a maximum of 11.5 CCA credits by attending the event (8.5 CCA credits by attending select general sessions and classrooms, and an additional 3 credits for attending the members-only Cover Crop Workshop with Steve Groff).
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