Speaker, session lineup announced for National Strip-Tillage Conference

Strip-Till Farmer
Farm Forum

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Strip-Till Farmer has announced the lineup of speakers and presentation topics for the 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference.

To be held at the award-winning Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center on Aug. 5-6, the eighth annual event will provide actionable ideas and practices to put to work on your strip-till operation in 2021 and beyond. Detailed information on speaker sessions, and the full conference program and registration details, can be found at www.StripTillConference.com. A $35 early bird registration discount is available through May 31, and attendees who register their farm and family members receive additional savings.

Discussing the lasting value of attending the conference, Strip-Till Farmer Managing Editor Jack Zemlicka notes the economic advantages cited by past attendees.

“An annual survey of National Strip-Tillage Conference attendees shows that on average, farmers estimated they took home $9,700 worth of practical, money-making ideas and advice that they could implement into their farming operation,” he said in a news release from the organization.

A fast paced and highly focused two-day program will deliver a unique, one-of-a-kind learning experience assembling the best strip-tillers, agronomists and researchers together in one location. The 2021 conference will feature a combination of high-level general sessions, detail-oriented classroom presentations and topic-specific roundtable discussions.

And new for 2021, to help coordinate your learning experience, we’ve categorized specific educational tracks that allow you to navigate the agenda and attend high-interest sessions relevant to your operation. This informal guide gives you the option of following one of five color-coded learning tracks outlined in the official program — Starting Out in Strip-Till, Cover Crop, Soil Health, Nutrient Management and Equipment — throughout the conference, but you are free to attend any sessions you like across tracks.

Featured speakers scheduled to appear in Omaha include;

  • Agricultural Engineer Odette Ménard will detail the critical correlation soil health improvement has on water infiltration, earthworm activity and what the last year taught farmers about a reinvestment in a ground-up approach to biological diversity.
  • Grand Marsh, Wis., strip-tillers Eric & Megan Wallendal (2020 Strip-Till Innovators) will share the evolving techniques and intricate experimentation that have shaped their strip-till expectations and where they see the system going next, to include transitioning acres to organic strip-till production, capitalizing on high-value crop production and conducting data-driven nutrient and cover crop field trials.
  • Charles City, Va., farmer David Hula will analyze the operational challenges, economic gains and growth potential of transitioning to strip-tilled corn, sharing early lessons learned, goals achieved and tips on breaking through the 300-bushel barrier.
  • Purdue University Agronomy Professor Tony Vyn, will explain the importance of understanding the proper depth, delivery method and distance from the seedbed to apply banded fertilizer in a strip-till system.
  • Rush City, Minn., strip-tiller Lance Petersen shares how developing a plan B maintains a successful spring strip-till system to include proper spring strip-till equipment setup and a flexible fertility program.