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2013 No-Till On the Plains Winter Conference: Building Wealth by Building Soil Health

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:42:08 CST

2013 No-Till On the Plains Winter Conference:  Building Wealth by Building Soil Health
We are Stewards of the Earth: Building Wealth by Building Soil Health is the theme of the 17th annual No-till On the Plains Winter Conference.   It will take place Tuesday-Wednesday, January 29 - 30, 2013, in the Salina, Kansas, Bicentennial Center.

The conference features NRCS Conservation Agronomist Ray Archuleta whose enthusiasm for building soil health is contagious. The depth of his knowledge of the system will inspire and equip participants with information to cope with the weather extremes of today. His dynamic keynote presentation is scheduled on Day 1.

The Day 2 keynote will be delivered by Professor David R. Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, which makes the case that we are using up Earth's soil. Montgomery will trace the role of soil use and abuse in the history of societies and explore how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil. Soil erosion should be seen as a threat to our planet as serious as climate change, contends Montgomery.

Other session presenters include producer-speakers Rick Bieber, SD; David Brandt, OH; Robin & Kelly Griffeth, KS; Kenneth Miller, ND; Mark Watson, NE; Brian Hildebrand, Canada; as well as several producer panels who will share not only how they got started but what keeps them leading the pack with successful continuous no-till. Producer-speakers will also share how they dealt with and fared with the drought during the past year.

Rounding out the speaking lineup will be these featured experts: Dr. David Clay of SDSU will discuss how well-managed soil captures carbon; Brazilian consultant/researcher Dr. Ademir Calegari will share his vast knowledge of cover crops usage; “No-till Bill” Crabtree, who was a driving force for establishing no-till in Australia, will share his no-till experiences in an extremely dry environment similar to far western KS; Barry Fisher, Indiana’s state agronomist, will share why his state has made soil health a priority; no-till producer Dan Gillespie of Nebraska NRCS will present the eye-opening rainfall simulator demonstration; Dr. Richard Haney, soil scientist, of the Grassland Soil and Water Research Lab in Temple, TX will explain new soil testing procedures for soil health; UNL’s Paul Jasa will address the importance of conserving and managing soil water in no-till; Doug Kluck of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Kansas Climatologist Mary Knapp will present on the challenges of climate extremes and the past, present and future of drought; agronomist Bill Kuenstler with the Central National Technology Support Center in Texas will share information on the evolution of cover crops; Dale Leikam of Manhattan, KS will discuss crop nutrition programs as well as newer fertilizer technologies, products, and additives; Doug Peterson, livestock producer and Grassland Conservationist for Missouri NRCS, will provide some information on the principals of good soil health for cropland and rangeland; Dr. Ray Ward, a popular speaker with experience, knowledge, and the ability to tie it all together for producers, will address the importance of what makes a soil productive; and professional motivational speaker Steve Siemens will inspire attendees with a closing keynote address on the pursuit of excellence as well as conference sessions on strategic thinking, leadership, and positivism.

Conference Sponsors CrustBuster and John Deere along with a host of exhibitors are filling up the tradeshow and will share the latest developments in the industry.

Industry Morning Marketplace exhibitor presentations begin at 9:00 am on Tuesday and the conference fires up with sparkplug Ray Archuleta at 12:45 pm. Sessions wrap up that evening with time for networking with attendees and exhibitors.

Wednesday will start bright and early at 8:00 am with author David Montgomery. Lunch will be served and the conference will wrap up at 5:30 pm.

The winter conference will be followed on January 31 by the Agriculture’s Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium also presented by No-Till on the Plains. It will also take place in the Bicentennial Center.

The theme will be The Use of Biological Primers to Advance Soil Health.

AIM will feature research scientists Dr. Jill Clapperton and Dr. Ademir Calegari, along with research entomologist Dr. Jonathan Lundgren and other invited guests who will address the synergies and interaction of biological primers (cover crops) between plant species, soil microbes, nutrients, and the insect world. Attendees will gain perspective on the water and nutrient use and efficiency within the system. Valuable insight will be gained on timing of termination of these primers in their systems.

No-till on the Plains Inc. is a non-profit educational organization providing information to farmers on adopting No-till and other sustainable production methods, and to further develop those techniques.

For more information on the conferences, click here.



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