2013 No-till on the Plains Winter Conference
We are Stewards of the Earth: Building Wealth by Building Soil Health
Tuesday – Wednesday, January 29 – 30, 2013
Bicentennial Center, 800 The Midway, Kenwood Park, Salina, Kansas 67401
National Leader of the NRCS Soil Health Initiative
TOPIC: Soil Health: Farming for the 21st Century
TOPIC: The Power of Crop Rotation and Diversity in Agroecosystems
Ray Archuleta, NRCS Conservation Agronomist and member of the Soil Quality Team, Greensboro, North Carolina, is passionate about soil health and a tremendous source of knowledge on improving soil health. The depth of his knowledge of the system will inspire and equip you with information to cope with the weather extremes of today.
South Dakota producer
TOPIC: No-till: The Learning Curve
Rick Bieber, no-till producer from Trail City, South Dakota, started no-tilling in 1987 because of the weed pressures and lack of affordable herbicides. Rick will share how he conducts his farming and ranching business, how he harvests water and sunlight with plants and animals and how soil health is key to his operation.
TOPIC: Soil — It’s Got to Be Covered
David Brandt of Carroll, Ohio, located in the central part of the state, farms 1,150 acres and has fine-tuned his approach for over 30 years so his soils have more tilth, more organic matter, and less compaction. He switched to no-till farming in 1971, and he started experimenting with cover crops in 1978. He liked what he saw, and in the 1980's expanded and experimented with a variety of cover crops to improve soil structure, add nutrients, and increase yield for the next crop in the rotation. Dave is frequently interviewed in a number of farm magazines, is a popular speaker nationwide, and has received numerous awards for his conservation practices.
Brazilian cover crops expert
TOPIC: Challenges & Benefits with the use of Cover Crops & Crop Rotation in a No-till System
TOPIC: Sustainable Soil Management with Cover Crops and Crop Rotation
Dr. Ademir Calegari, Agronomic Institute of Paran -Iapar, Londrina, Paran , Brazil, is a pioneer of no-till farming in Brazil. Ademir brings forth experience from tens of thousands of hectares of cover-crop usage. The soil degradation process observed in traditional system in many agricultural areas from Brazil and other countries all over the world are shifting to a sustainable soil management system.
South Dakota State University soils expert
TOPIC: Creating Wealth by Improving Soil Carbon
Dr. David Clay is the Director of the South Dakota Drought Tolerance Center, Professor of Plant Sciences, and Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. He uses modeling, stable isotopic, and molecular techniques to assess the impact of climate, soils, and management on agricultural systems. Dr. Clay will discuss how increasing soil carbon levels in South Dakota soils has created new wealth and improved drought tolerance.
TOPIC: No-tilling in Droughts - Soil, Water, and Agronomy
Scientist, award-winner, author, and international tour leader Bill Crabtree of Crabtree Agricultural Consulting of Beckenham, Western Australia, known as “No-till Bill” for his enthusiasm for no-tillage and the role he played in the Western Australian no-tillage revolution, will share his no-till experiences in an extremely dry environment similar to far western KS.
TOPIC: Building a Working Conservation Cropping System Focusing on Soil Health
Agronomist Barry Fisher is the State Soil Health Specialist and serves on the Technology Staff for the NRCS in Indiana where he provides technical direction for Indiana Soil Health Strategy implementation. Barry's presentation will focus on strategies to select, establish and successfully integrate cover crop species under common midwest cropping systems. Factors such as the carbon/nitrogen ratios of selected species/mixes and time of termination will be used to match release of nutrients to synchronize cycling of nutrients with uptake by the following crop.
Nebraska NRCS Rainfall Simulator Demonstration
Dan Gillespie is the Nebraska NRCS No-till Specialist in the Battle Creek Field Office and utilizes continuous no-till on his own farm. Dan has been over twenty years continuous no-till in irrigated and dryland soils. Experimenting with cover crops, he noticed recognizable benefits of increased erosion control and the decrease in ephemeral gully control problems on the Highly Erodible Land (HEL) fields. Dan is a true educator and will give a rainfall simulator demonstration that is surprisingly eye-opening. Don't miss it during break times!
Kansas no-till producers
TOPIC: Diverse and Intense Cropping Systems in North Central KS
Robin Griffeth and son, Kelly, of Jewell, located in north-central Kansas, have been no-tilling for 17 years and have attended numerous No-till on the Plains bus tours and field days throughout the years. The Griffeth's have put the no-till knowledge they have accumulated into practice on their own farm and will share information on what has worked for them and how they dealt with weather challenges during the past year.
Texas USDA ARS soil scientist
TOPIC: Soil Testing for Soil Health
Dr. Richard Haney, USDA-ARS Grassland Soil and Water Research Lab, Temple, Texas, received his PhD in Soil Fertility/Chemistry/Microbial Ecology from Texas A&M University. He has worked as a research scientist for the past 10 years as a Research Soil Scientist for the USDA-ARS, at the Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory, Temple, Texas. The presentation describes traditional soil testing vs. new methods for soil health analysis as well as field research conducted at USDA-ARS Temple, Texas.
Alberta, Canada producer
TOPIC: Advantages of Peer Group Collaboration: The Experts in My Back Pocket
Brian Hildebrand farms in southern Alberta, Canada 40 miles north of the Montana border. The native vegetation in the area is short grass prairie. Brian’s grandfather experimented with direct seeding, and his father had limited success with no-till in the 1980′s. The farm has been strictly no-till for the last 20 years. Crops grown on the farm include: spring and winter wheat, peas, canola, corn, and alfalfa.
University of Nebraska Extension Engineer and No-till on the Plains Board of Director
TOPIC: Conserving and Managing Soil Water in No-till
TOPIC: Planting Equipment for No-till
Paul J. Jasa serves as an Extension Engineer, University of Nebraska where he develops and conducts educational programs related to no-till equipment and system management. He will discuss how to manage no-till to conserve and better use available water, how improved soil structure increases water infiltration and storage, how residue reduces soil moisture evaporation, and how to use cover crops to better manage soil water.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
TOPIC: Climate Extremes and Outlooks Across the Great Plains
Doug Kluck is the Central Region Climate Services Director for NOAA. His fourteen state region stretches from Colorado to Michigan. Doug is originally from Nebraska and a graduate of the University of Nebraska where he got his Geology and Geography (Climatology) degrees. Doug will be talking about recent extreme climate events mainly over the Great Plains and putting them into some sort of perspective with other events in history. He will also be addressing current outlooks for the next few seasons in terms of temperatures and precipitation. Finally, Doug will mention some trends in climate and scenarios for the future.
Kansas State Climatologist
TOPIC: Drought: Past, Present, Future
Mary Knapp is a native of Kansas and graduated from K-State in 1977 with degree in Agronomy. When the Weather Data Library moved from Physics to Extension in 1990, she added weather/climate information to her projects. In 1992, she was appointed to her current position as State Climatologist for Kansas. Mary's talk will look at the current drought conditions in Kansas, and compare that to historical droughts in the Central Plains.
Regional NRCS agronomist
TOPIC: Not Your Grandfather's Cover Crops!
Bill Kuenstler is an agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, at the Central National Technology Support Center in Fort Worth, TX where he provides agronomy assistance to 15 states. Bill develops and delivers training in nutrient management, integrated pest management, conservation buffers, residue management, and cover crops. Bill will discuss the fact that only in the last 10 - 15 years have we really started to understand the importance of cover crops and their contribution to nutrient cycling, erosion reduction, water conservation, soil organic matter maintenance or improvement, and soil biology.
Kansas authority on crop nutrition programs
TOPIC: Crop Nutrient Programs For Ever-increasing Yields: Are Traditional Programs and Approaches Adequate?
TOPIC: Review of Selected Newer Fertilizer Technologies, Products and Additives
Dale Leikam is a Kansas State University graduate and resident of Manhattan, KS who has developed and conducted soil fertility/nutrient management educational programs targeted at private and public crop advisors and farmers for many years. During his career, Dale has spent time in the development of fertilizer technology, served as a corporate technical service/agronomist, and was the Nutrient Management Specialist for the Department of Agronomy at KSU.
North Dakota grazing and cover crops expert
TOPIC: How to Build Soil Health on Rangeland and Cropland
Ken along with his wife Bonnie own and operate a 2,000-acre ranch in south central North Dakota. They have utilized an intensive rotational grazing system for over 25 years on native pastures and now have set up an intensive grazing system on irrigated cropland. They have been no-tilling since 2001 and have been enhancing soil health by growing cover crops since 2006. Ken will share his experiences of building soil health on very marginal degraded cropland and rangeland.
University of Washington environmental author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations
In this engaging talk, David Montgomery traces the role of soil use and abuse in the history of societies, from Mesopotamia to European colonialism and the American push westward. Montgomery is a professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, studying geomorphology, the evolution of landscapes. In 2008 he received a MacArthur Genius award, and has received two Washington State Book awards, one for King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon in 2004, and for Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations in 2008.
Missouri NRCS grasslands expert
TOPIC: Healing the Land with High Density Grazing
TOPIC: How to Graze using High Stocking Density
Doug Peterson, livestock producer and Grassland Conservationist for Missouri NRCS, will provide information on the principals of good soil health for cropland and rangeland, how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes, and what type of management it requires. Growing up on a crop and livestock farm in northern Missouri, today he operates a cow/calf and contract grazing operation with his father, currently running 500 cows. They utilize Management-intensive Grazing and Holistic High Density Grazing to improve soil health, eliminate the need for most purchased fertilizer and limit hay needs to about one bale per cow per winter.
Iowa professional motivational speaker
TOPIC: The Pursuit of Excellence
TOPICS: Strategic Thinking, Brainwaves of a Leader, Up with Positivism
Steve Siemens, professional motivational speaker from Des Moines, Iowa, will lend his interactive, humorous, and motivational style. Steve has been referred to as one of the best motivators in the world today. His excellence, enthusiasm, and passion show in everything he does. Building people is his passion. You will immediately realize this will not be just another presentation. It will be a life-changing event filled with fun and opportunities to grow.
Kansas no-till producer and No-till on the Plains Board of Director
TOPIC: Beginner’s Guide to No-till and Cover Crops (Interactive Discussion)
Ryan Speer is a co-owner and successor of Jacob Farms, an irrigated and dryland farm in south-central Kansas. Their crop rotation includes wheat, milo, soybeans, and corn with intensive double-cropping when Mother Nature allows. The cover crops include rye, sunn hemp, cow peas, and many various mixes. Ryan will share great information for those new to no-till farming and the world of cover crops.
Dr. Ray Ward
Nebraska fertility expert
TOPIC: What Makes a Productive Soil
Dr. Ward is president and co-owner of Ward Laboratories, Inc. in Kearney, Nebraska since 1983. His goals for agriculture and agronomy are to help production agriculture use its resources as efficiently as possible, to provide information and data for developing the best use of soil and water resources while maintaining environmental quality, to be involved in "value- added" agriculture, and to provide accurate laboratory data for managing production enterprises. Ray is a popular speaker with the experience, knowledge and the ability to tie it all together for producers.
Alliance, Nebraska producer and educator
TOPIC: Managing Residue, Soil, and Water in Irrigated No-till
TOPIC: 20 Years of Education
Mark farms 3,500 acres that have been in his family for over 120 years with his brother Bruce near Alliance, Nebraska. They have been completely continuous no-till since 1994. Their farm is dryland and irrigated, raising wheat, corn, and pinto beans. Mark serves as the No-till Education Coordinator for Western Nebraska and will share how he dealt with his own personal Dust Bowl this past year.
Brian/Keith Berns, NE * David Brandt, OH * Rod Peters, KS
Dan Gillespie, NE * Alan Mindemann, OK * Keith Thompson, KS
Producers will share not only how they got started but what keeps them leading the pack with successful continuous no-till. Our producer speakers will also share how they dealt with and fared with the drought during the past year. This is a great opportunity for you to eliminate some of the issues that these producers had to work through. These sessions will help you not to repeat the mistakes that these guys experienced because no one was there with the answers. Their stories of what worked and what didn't can save you thousands of dollars as well as headache and heartache!
CEU credits available:
4.5 hours Nutrient Management
5 hours Soil & Water Management
18 hours Crop Management.
8 hours Professional Development
Each Certified Crop Advisor can obtain a maximum of 10.5 CEU's at the Winter Conference.
Sponsors, Exhibitors, and other information:
- Travel and Lodging Info
- Exhibitor Listing
- Trade Show map 1
- Trade Show map 2
- Industry Morning Marketplace sessions – Tuesday a.m.