Conservation Tillage Conference Feb. 7-8 in Rochester

University of Minnesota Extension will host the seventh annual Conservation Tillage Conference and tradeshow Feb. 7 and 8, at the International Event Center in Rochester, MN.

The day-and-a-half-long conference will provide practical, how-to information on nearly every aspect of conservation tillage. Learn how conservation tillage can save soil, time, fuel — and money. Besides saving valuable soil resources, conservation tillage has been proven to save $25-45 per acre in tillage costs. And that doesn't include time.

“Whether you are an experienced steward looking to fine-tune what you are doing, a crop consultant who helps growers, or a novice looking to get your feet wet, you should put this conference on your calendar now,” said Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Minnesota Extension tillage specialist and conference coordinator.

Experts from the University of Minnesota and neighboring states will present the results of extensive research comparing tillage systems, including strip tillage. Matt Darr, assistant professor in ag and biosystems engineering and Chad Ingles, watershed project coordinator, will represent Iowa State University as conference speakers. In addition, experienced conservation tillage farmers, including Steve Berger and Jeff Pape from Iowa, will answer questions and provide management tips.

Conference topics include:

  • Precision Ag solutions
  • Weed species shift and control
  • Nutrient management in high residue systems
  • Strip intercropping management
  • Soil health with reduced till systems
  • Vendor sessions: learn about new equipment, cover crops and technology

A popular “Farmer Panel” offers practical insights and management tips from experienced northern strip tillers and ridge tillers. A “Beer & Bull” session offers a relaxed, informal setting where farmers can pick the brains of other farmers, consultants and researchers.

The conference will open with a provocative keynote speech from Robert Recker: “Yield, Profitability, and Sustainability: Where to go from here?” Recker is the owner of Cedar Valley Innovation and a retired John Deere engineer, researching strip intercropping. He studies corn growth on a row by row basis trying to unlock the secrets of using technology and the sun to farm smarter.

The Conservation Tillage Conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 7, and from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 8. The tradeshow will be open both days.

The registration fee is $150 per person, which includes nine continuing education units (CEUs). An early bird fee of $120 per person is offered for those registering by Jan. 25.

More information, including schedules, maps, contacts and exhibitor registration is available at, or by contacting Jodi DeJong-Hughes at 320-815-4112 or


Additional contact:
Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Minnesota Extension tillage specialist, 320-815-4112,