Mark your calendars for the 2006 Conservation Tillage Conference and Expo scheduled Feb. 1-2 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, SD. The conference will focus on using conservation tillage to boost return on investment and will feature speakers from Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska, South Dakota State University and many leading conservation-minded farmers.

Ademir Calegari, a soil scientist from the Agriculture Research Institute in ParanĂ¡, Brazil, will also speak at the conference. Brazil is a leading adopter of no-till, and Calegari will provide a fresh and foreign perspective on this tillage practice.

The featured topics and some highlights of the program are:

New Tillage Technology Tips

Pioneer corn specialist Paul Carter will talk about new seed technology.

Fertilizing For More Profit

Antonio Mallarino, Iowa State University professor, will discuss why and how to use variable rates, along with an analysis of zone vs. grid sampling.

Prepping For Cost Share

University of Minnesota's Gary Wyatt will help farmers work through the maze of paperwork required for the new Conservation Security Program.

Been There, Done That

Several farmers will share their experiences with different tillage options. Keith Landwehr, Watkins, MN, and Jerry Zubke, Milbank, SD, will discuss the environmental benefits of strip-till.

Jim Veldkamp, Jasper, MN, and Bill Secor, Jr., Ft. Dodge, IA, will tell attendees why they prefer ridge-till and debunk myths about it.

Finally, Rod Zessin and Dan Gillespie of Madison County, NE, will tell how they make no-till work in the northern Corn Belt.

The program is designed to help farmers find appropriate tillage systems for their soils, and find out the long- and short-term value of conservation tillage. The conference also features a trade show where growers can see some of the latest conservation technology.

To sign up, call 800-722-5334, ext. 14698 or go to www.tillageconference.com.