2017 High Plains No-Till Sponsored Breakout Sessions

Agronomy Credits are approved, Commercial Applicator Credits are pending

Keynote Sessions

Chris Barron Keynote Sessions - Prioritize to Survive Part 1 and Part 2
During this presentation, Chris will discuss both the current challenges and opportunities in agriculture as we move into the next growing season.  With commodity prices under pressure and input costs slow to reset, Chris will discuss numerous tactics for better managing individual production costs.  Chris will also discuss the difference between cutting costs and adding value to your operation.  Additionally, he will talk about managing equipment and other resources in a manner to maximize efficiency.  Dialing in cost of production at the per bushel level can be accomplished in order to make better marketing decisions and Chris will provide some methods for tracking and assembling your individual information. Once an accurate cost of production is realized, marketing decisions can be more deliberate and Chris will talk about using this information with discipline to maximize your marketing potential. Chris will also discuss some financial analysis and ways to better understand the needs of your lender.  Managing cash flow and your working capital position will be some of the primary keys to surviving a tight margin environment.  These are just a few of the things among a specific list of "priorities to survive" that Chris will share with everyone. 

Rudy Garcia Keynotes Session – Soil Health, So Now What? 1 CEU SWM
Soil health has been talked about in every farming magazine for the past few years, now let us talk about the returns you can expect on that soil health investment. Rudy Garcia, NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist, will help you digest the information presented over the past two days. With the current agriculture markets every penny counts, learn how soil health pays off.

Steve Tucker Opening Keynote - Managing Your Farm for the Future - 1 CEU CM
We've all been there. Change is scary. Especially when it is something that could directly affect the Balance Sheet, the Wallet, and the relationship with the Wife. In this session, Steve Tucker will discuss and analyze his journey from a Wheat/Summer Fallow rotation, to a diverse, no-till, multi-crop farm that gives the neighbors something to discuss at the coffee shop. No-tillage on dryland has been proven over time, but can it work on irrigation? Steve will share his experiences and thoughts making the transition to preserve water on his farm, the most limiting factor in crop production.  Step ahead in time to see what things a farmer on the plains needs to have in his arsenal to prepare for the future. We'll take a humorous look at the hurdles of the past, and the modification in thinking for the future as one thing is inevitable, change.

Sponsored Sessions

Curtis Hildebrandt - BASF Sponsored Session
Current Status and Management of Herbicide Resistance in Colorado; 1 CEU IPM
Since the first report of triazine herbicide resistance in 1968, more and more unique cases of herbicide resistance have been reported.  The International Survey of Herbicide Resistance Weeds reports that there are 478 unique cases of herbicide resistance around the world, corresponding to 252 different species.  One of the most problematic weed species in Colorado, kochia, has become resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, with additional resistance developing to dicamba.  In addition, certain kochia populations have shown resistance to up to four unique modes of action.  This talk will cover the basic physiology of kochia, as well as current research involved in the management of herbicide resistant kochia populations in conservation-tillage systems. 

Paul Drache – Central Life Science
Stored Grain Protection; Using an IPM Approach; 1 CEU IPM
The USDA estimated post harvest lost due to insects in stored corn and wheat at up to $2.5 billion dollars in 2005.  Paul Drache, Central Life Science Regional Manager, will go through the factors in an IPM plan for stored grain. The objective is to help producers and commercial grain storage facility to maintain the quality of the stored grain, after all we know we can’t improve the quality but let’s do everything possible to keep the grain in its condition that it went into storage and avoid huge discounts.

Andy Warner – Frontier Bank Sponsored Session
Keeping More of your Money with Farm Business Management; 1 CEU PD

Making a few changes to your farm business management has potential to save you big. Andy Warner, CPA applies 10 years of accounting experience to help you keep more of your money. Farm management accounting allows you to make better financial decisions with the information and data that you have.

Dale Strickler – Green Cover Seed Sponsored Session
A New Vision for Farming on Limited Rainfall; 1 CEU SWM

Agriculture on the Great Plains got off to a disastrous start when the Homestead Act mandated the use of farming practices typical of the eastern US but ill-suited to the limited rainfall of the west. The farming practices in use today in the area are improved over those that caused the Dust Bowl, but are still based on erroneous notions that prevent us from realizing the agricultural potential of the region. This presentation describes a form of agriculture that promises greater profit, better resiliency, and a better environmental footprint.

Tommy Roach – Nachurs Sponsored Session
Environmental Stewardship, Nutrient Efficiency, and Sustainable Production using NACHURS Technologies.

Many things have changed since 1946 when Nachurs began business in Marion, Ohio.  What has not changed is the quality, innovation, and efficiency that Nachurs liquid fertilizer products offer to growers around the world.  Learn how to implement these into your production system to improve nutrient/water use efficiency and increase crop productivity to maximize ROI.

Ron Meyer – National Sunflower Association Sponsored Breakout
Sunflower 101 – Sunflower Production, the Basics; 1 CEU CM

This session will cover beginning sunflower production topics. Planting dates, plant populations and Hybrid selection criteria that matches hybrids to general production strategies including irrigation vs dryland, soil characteristics and hybrid tolerance to environmental challenges.  Soil fertility needs with sunflower.  Basic herbicide packages will be discussed. Harvest strategies with both oil and confection types will also be covered.

Ron Meyer - Red River Commodities Sponsored Breakout
Sunflower 102 – Advanced Sunflower Production Strategies; 1 CEU CM

Is 5000 pounds per acre achievable?  This session will cover advanced production strategies that produced nearly 5000 pounds per acre sunflower in 2015 at an eastern Colorado on-farm site.  Advanced herbicide and soil fertility research will be shown.  In addition, irrigation scheduling needs will be discussed.  Current disease prevention will be shown.  This session will share the latest agronomic production strategies that will maximize sunflower production potentials. 

Darren Goebel  - Wagner Equipment Sponsored Session
Increasing Yields with Equipment in No-Till Systems; 1 CEU NM Pending

This session will discuss determining nitrogen rates and timing using drone imagery in corn and wheat, using drones to accurately assess plant stands and other scouting activities and optimum fertilizer placement for wheat in no-till air seeding system - why it's important.

General Breakout Sessions

Randy Anderson – Managing Weeds with Crops; 1 CEU IPM
Session Summary: A systems approach can reduce the cost of weed management by 50% in northeastern Colorado. This system involves various components such as diverse crop rotations, no-till, competitive crop canopies, and crop residue preservation on the soil surface.  Rotations are designed to disrupt weed population dynamics.  With some rotations, producers have eliminated the use of herbicides in 3 crops out of a 4-crop rotation.

Chris Barron – Networking to Leverage Farm Capital; 1 CEU PD
In this presentation Chris Barron will discuss the opportunities of working together with other producers with an emphasis towards equipment utilization and efficiency.  There are huge economic and quality of life advantages in working together including but not limited to: Retirement transition, Younger producers trying to expand their operations, Time management and quality of life, Tax advantages, Equipment costs, utilization, and efficiency, Human resource management and efficiency, Economic befits in reaching a “critical mass”, and Process, do’s and don’ts.

Brice Custer – Cover Crop Economics in Western Kansas; 1 CEU CM
Brice Custer will help attendees understand the economics of adding cover crops to a no-till system.  When Brice started adding covers to his rotation his resource concerns were wind and water erosion, hard pan issues and soil health. He had challenges to overcome at the beginning including seed cost and how to get landlords to understand cover crops.

Jimmy Emmons – Management Practices to Improve Soil Health; 1 CEU SWM
Producer Jimmy Emmons shares his experience using management practices to improve soil health on his no-till farm. He will discuss on-farm research done in cooperation with his local NRCS office to evaluate management practices on soil health and what that information means for producers.  

Gail Fuller –Sustaining the No-Till System; 1 CEU IPM
Keeping the No-till system on course. Kansas No-tiller Gail Fuller will share his experiences with resistant weeds, and how he is dealing with them in his operation. Being an early adopter of No-till and GMO soybeans, Gail saw resistance build very rapidly on his farm. After the drought of 2011-2013, weed populations on his farm exploded. Gail will show how he is bringing them back under control without reverting back to tillage.

Rudy Garcia – Irrigation Challenges in Arid Climates - 1 CEU SWM
Arid environments provide many challenges to managing water use. Rudy Garcia, NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist, will address those challenges and present ideas on ways to overcome them. Ideas discussed will include ground cover, irrigation systems, economic impact of improved soil health, and irrigation water quality effects on soil and plants.

Lance Gunderson – How Can We Evaluate Soil Biological Properties for a Better Understanding of Soil Health? -  1 CEU NM
Soil is teaming with life!  Billions of bacteria and miles of fungal filaments act as micro nutrient stores and miniature highway transport systems that help a soil function to support a healthy plant community.  Measuring a soil’s biological system, however, is quite complex and very different from the more traditional soil testing methods aimed at a soil’s fertility, but the two are intimately tied together.  Tests such as Solvita©, Haney, and PLFA help producers evaluate their soil’s biological system and we are now beginning to understand and appreciate what this means for the health and function of our soils.  Lance Gunderson will introduce these tests, their components, and how to interpret the results along with discussing how on farm management may influence the soil’s biology and overall health.

Curtis Hildebrandt - New Wheat Trait for Controlling Winter Annual Grasses; 1 CEU IPM, 1 CEC Pending
Discussion will center around the CSU developed wheat lines resistant to the ACCase inhibitor Quizalofop.  This herbicide is a selective grass herbicide that provides control of troublesome winter annual grass weed.  Adequate crop safety has been demonstrated through various field trials, and control of target weeds such as feral rye, downy brome, and jointed goatgrass exceeds 95% in weed trials conducted across eastern Colorado and near Fort Collins.

Rick and Alec Horton  – Is Wheat Worth it?; 1 CEU CM
Rick and Alec Horton will take a look at pushing the limits of wheat and discovering what factors affect yield and the bottom line on the High Plains.  The session will cover everything from when the seed is put in the ground until the crop is in the bin. Topics like Seed Treatments, Seeding Rates, Nutrient Needs, Insecticide and Fungicide timing and usage, and Variety Selection will be discussed.

Jenna Keller – Expanding Farm Income through Ag-Tourism and Hunting Operations; 1 CEU PD
If commodities prices having you looking for alternate income sources, this session will guide you through setting up appropriate safe guards when having third parties enter on and use your property along with "do" and "do nots" for agri-tourism and hunting leases.  

Todd King – Natural Gas Irrigation; 1 CEU SWM
Presenting ways to help reduce one of your major crop production cost with Natural Gas. Methods of using Natural Gas for your farming operation and tips on increasing your engine efficiency.

Don Lamker – Satellite Imagery Use on Farms; 1 CEU CM
Big data is a buzzword as of late.  This presentation will focus on getting actual value out of on farm data.  Myths and realities of big data will be discussed, the proven value of variable rate technology will be explored, and attendees will leave knowing what types of data they should be keeping and how to use that data to improve profitability.

Jonathan Lundgren – Biodiversity and Pest Management; 1 CEU IPM
When we approach farming with a pest-centric mentality, we forget that for every pest species of insect, there are 1700 species that help us. Science at Ecdysis Foundation and the Blue Dasher Farm initiative is showing that a lack of biodiversity on our farms is causing pest outbreaks. How biological communities work, and how farmer can use biology to improve the profitability on their farms are the focus areas of this session.

Jacob Miller – Grazing Cropland; 1 CEU CM
Using grazing as a part of his farm management practices, has allowed Jacob Miller to reexamined his input programs on both irrigated and dryland acres of his Culbertson, NE farm. Jacob will talk about the economics of his no-till rotations and how evolving management and grazing have impacted his bottom line.

Tommy Roach – Proper use of Plant Nutrition to Improve Soil Health and Crop Yield in Conservation Systems; 1 CEU NM
There are many different sources of fertilizer that can be applied in a number of ways in crop production systems of today.  They all have some effect (whether good or bad) on soil health and plant productivity.  The ultimate task is to choose and implement the right combination to maximize cost and efficiency to increase environmental sustainability in the midst of global competition.

Tom Robinson  - Doing What They Say Can’t Be Done; 1 CEU CM
Some say the application of soil health principles in challenging climates can’t be done. Australian producer, Tom Robinson, is doing what they say can’t be done on is South Australia Farm. Challenging conventional wisdom and searching for alternatives to high input farming he has applied soil health principles and no-till management including zero till, controlled traffic, high residue rotation and cover crops to improve soil health, introduce new crops to his rotation and impact his return on investment. 

Steve Tucker – - The Next Step - Doing No-Till Better; 1 CEU SWM
Farming is difficult and there are many challenges we continually face.  Steve Tucker will open up the this years conference with a thought provoking look at why we no till, and what are the next things we can do to become more efficient and more profitable.  Some of the biggest hurdles we face in today's agriculture lies directly between our ears and it's how we think.  You will be challenged to think about the future of your operation and what changes you can make to "Do No-Till Better".

CSU No-Till Research Panel; 1 CEU SWM
We all know the semi-arid climate of the High Plains presents challenges for farmers. Two Colorado State University graduate research projects are examining how no-till practices and crop rotations can mitigate those challenges. Cassandra Schnarr will present her research which looks at how different dryland crop rotations affect soil properties related to wind erosion. Steven Rosenzweig will present his research on AM fungi associations in wheat grown in different farming systems and what this may mean for increasing plant phosphorus uptake on your farm. He will also present the results from his assessment of 96 dryland, no-till fields from southeastern Colorado to northwestern Nebraska to quantify the difference in soil organic matter between crop rotations with different frequencies of fallow.

Underground Drip Irrigation on the Farm; 1 CEU SWM
Sub-surface drip irrigation (SDI) applies irrigation water below the soil surface using plastic pipe.  Installed in this pipe are emitters, which deliver water from the source to the soil.  Various diameters and thicknesses of SDI pipe are available, depending on the field’s specifications.  SDI can work well in a variety of soil types but flat fields work best.  Since these systems work with low pressure, topography that varies can affect operating pressures.  SDI can apply irrigation water efficiently; as water applied is not subject to large evaporative losses and these systems operate with low-pressure requirements. The producer panel will discuss each system that is in operation and managed on their farms.  Topics will address economics, advantages, disadvantages, labor requirements, equipment, and operation of an SDI system. 


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Workshop Speakers

We are currently accepting nominations for workshop speakers. If there is someone you would like us to contact please submit the request to the CCTA Coordinator. Thank you!

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A Quarter Century of Education

CCTA’s goal it so disseminate both local and national information on variables affecting optimum production such as: conservation tillage, water conservation, energy conservation, residue management, fertility, erosion control and maximum economic yield. As such, CCTA has spent a quarter of a century providing education to its members in all these areas.

You are invited to join us January 31- February 1, 2017 for the next CCTA Conference and help us us continue our education goal.