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By Mark Watson
Panhandle No Till Educator 

No Till Notes: 'Winter Conferences will provide chance to discuss successes, failures'


I’d like to start off by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! This is a good time of year to reflect back on last year’s growing season and give thanks for all the many blessings we have received. There are always challenges in agriculture but at the end of the year we are lucky to be able to work with Mother Nature and our natural resources on a daily basis to produce food and fiber for our livelihood.

I wanted to make everyone aware of the upcoming educational events around the region that focus on no-till crop and forage production practices. I personally have been attending these events for the past several years. I always leave each conference feeling like it was time well spent. I also look forward to visiting with other no-till producers from around the region to discuss successes and occasional failures as we learn from each other’s experiences in continuous no-till production systems.

The first winter conference on the schedule is the granddaddy of them all, the No Till on the Plain’s Annual Winter Conference. The conference is scheduled for Jan. 27-28 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan. This year’s conference theme is “Unlocking the Potential on Your Farm.” No Till on the Plains winter conference attracts 1,200 producers annually to their conference. Featured speakers are experts in the field of no-till crop and forage production along with the benefits of improving soil health. To register for the conference and to learn more about the conference go to, or call 785-210-4549.

The next conference on the schedule is the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association’s 25th Annual Winter Conference on Feb. 3-4. The CCTA winter conference is held at the Burlington Community Center, Burlington, Colo. I always enjoy going to the CCTA conference. This conference is a more local version of the NTOP winter conference. The topics for the speakers are related to the semi-arid high plains production region. To register for this conference and to view the list of speakers and topics for this year’s conference go to

Our own Panhandle No-till Partnership Winter Conference will be held on Feb. 10-11. The conference will be held at the Gering Civic Center, Gering, Nebraska. As chairman of the PNTP I feel we have put together an excellent conference for this year. We have brought together experts in soil health and no-till crop and forage production to speak at our conference. We have also invited producers in our region to speak about their farming operations and discuss the benefits they have seen with no-till crop production. Local meteorologist Don Day will also discuss the weather outlook for the upcoming growing season.

The Panhandle No-till Partnership will be mailing out brochures after the first of the year. You will be able to look over our list of speakers and registration information will be in the brochure. You can also visit our website to view the upcoming brochure. To register over the phone call the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District at (308) 432-6190.

I plan to attend all of these educational conferences this coming winter. I really feel it is important to go to these conferences and listen to experts in the fields of soil health and no-till crop production. I also think it is important to network with other continuous no-till crop producers to learn from each other. I’ll look forward to seeing you at these events.


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