First National Strip-Tillage Conference announced

decrease font size  Resize text   increase font size       Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

A first-of-its-kind event for growers practicing or considering strip-tillage will feature nearly 20 presentations over the course of two education-packed days in late July. Behind the theme of “Learning Strip-Till Together,” the inaugural National Strip-Tillage Conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on July 30 and 31 will offer strip-tillers hundreds of tips and techniques from consultants, university experts and veteran strip-tillers.

The just-completed conference program, now available at, contains 7 general-session speakers, 12 classrooms and 30 roundtables over an information-packed 32 hours of in-depth strip-till sessions. In addition, registered attendees can sign up for an additional special 3-hour, soil-health workshop prior to the start of the event with world-renowned soil biologist Jill Clapperton.

Following is a sample of topics and speakers that will provide growers with an in-depth strip-till education at the Cedar Rapids Marriott:

o Jill Clapperton, principal scientist with Rhizoterra Inc., will conduct a special workshop the morning of Wednesday, July 30 prior to the official start of the event that will allow farmers to perform tests and discover the health of their own soils. Her afternoon general session talk will focus on why soil health is important and will be followed that evening by a classroom digging deeper into the ingredients and habitat needed for improved soil biology.

o Purdue University cropping systems and tillage specialist Tony Vyn will not only share why he thinks strip-till is close to being a perfect tillage system during a general session, but he will offer the do’s and don’ts of banding fertilizer in a strip-till system during a classroom.

o The afternoon general session on July 31 features two precision experts. Kenton, Ohio, strip-tiller Brian Watkins will show how he accounts for every dollar spent on his farm through precision tools. Steve Cubbage, owner of and precision specialist with Record Harvest in Nevada, Mo., will examine the emerging precision technologies strip-tillers ought to consider implementing.

o Robert Miller, technical director of the Agricultural Laboratory Proficiency Program, will reveal the impact strip-tillage has on soil fertility levels and how it might affect soil-test readings.

o Kelly Cooper, project manager for the Conservation Cropping Systems Project in Forman, N.D., will look at various cover-cropping methods with strip-till, including bio-strip-till.

o Iowa State ag engineer Mark Hanna will reveal the equipment setup options for seedbed preparation and residue management that strip-tillers need to consider.

o University of Minnesota Extension educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes will provide a Strip-Till 101 session for farmers new to strip-till that will outline a system’s approach for success.

o Veteran strip-tillers providing tips from years of hands-on experience include David Legvold of Northfield, Minn.; Jeff Reints of Shell Rock, Iowa; Charlie Hammer of Beaver Dam, Wis.; Frank Moore of Cresco, Iowa; and Keith Schlapkohl of Stockton, Iowa.

Darrell Bruggink, executive editor and publisher of No-Till Farmer’s Conservation Tillage Guide and one of the organizers of the National Strip-Tillage Conference, says both experienced strip-tillers and farmers considering the adoption of strip-tillage practices will get dozens of practical tips, techniques and strategies to use in their operations during the two-day event.

“Not only will farmers learn from these knowledgeable speakers, but the 30 Roundtable discussion sessions and the peer-to-peer hallway conversations offer plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get answers to strip-till challenges,” Bruggink says. “Our goal is to help strip-tillers identify actionable tips to use on their farm and find solutions to issues that challenge them so they are more productive and profitable.”

The final 8-page program can be viewed and downloaded at Registration is just $199 per person, with a special $179 rate for additional farm or family members.

The event is co-sponsored by Strip-Till Farmer and 10 industry-leading Title Sponsors, including Dawn Equipment Co., Environmental Tillage Systems, FHR, Ingersoll, Kuhn Krause, Montag Mfg., Orthman Mfg., Raven Industries, Thurston Mfg. (Blu-Jet) and Yetter Mfg. Co.

Prev 1 2 Next All

Buyers Guide

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing prides themselves as being “The King of the Rotary’s” with their Direct Drive Rotary Blend Systems. With numerous setup possibilities and sizes, ranging from a  more...
A.J. Sackett Sons & Company
Sackett Blend Towers feature the H.I.M, High Intensity Mixer, the next generation of blending and coating technology which supports Precision Fertilizer Blending®. Its unique design allows  more...
R&R Manufacturing Inc.
The R&R Minuteman Blend System is the original proven performer. Fast, precise blending with a compact foot print. Significantly lower horsepower requirement. Low inload height with large  more...
Junge Control Inc.
Junge Control Inc. creates state-of-the-art product blending and measuring solutions that allow you to totally maximize operating efficiency with amazing accuracy and repeatability, superior  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The flagship blending system for the Layco product line is the fully automated Layco DW System™. The advanced technology of the Layco DW (Declining Weight) system results in a blending  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The LAYCOTE™ Automated Coating System provides a new level of coating accuracy for a stand-alone coating system or for coating (impregnating) in an automated blending system. The unique  more...
John Deere
The DN345 Drawn Dry Spreader can carry more than 12 tons of fertilizer and 17.5 tons of lime. Designed to operate at field speeds up to 20 MPH with full loads and the G4 spreader uniformly  more...
Force Unlimited
The Pro-Force is a multi-purpose spreader with a wider apron and steeper sides. Our Pro-Force has the most aggressive 30” spinner on the market, and is capable of spreading higher rates of  more...
BBI Spreaders
MagnaSpread 2 & MagnaSpread 3 — With BBI’s patented multi-bin technology, these spreaders operate multiple hoppers guided by independent, variable-rate technology. These models are built on  more...

Comments (1) Leave a comment 

e-Mail (required)


characters left

Cole, Web Editor    
Brookfield, Wis  |  April, 10, 2014 at 03:41 PM

For more information on the full event line-up, you can download the program here:

LPV Seed Treater

The LPV Seed Treater has set a new standard boasting three configurable weighing methods for any-sized operation, a standard 42” ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Feedback Form