Alabama Extension and the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science are partnering to present the 2019 Southern Cover Crop Conference in Auburn, Alabama July 16-17. The conference will take place at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center and E.V. Smith Research and Extension Center in Shorter, Alabama.
Early bird registration closes on May 31, 2019. Registration is $150 for professionals, $50 for students and free for farmers until May 31. After May 31 fees increase to $200 for professionals, $100 for students and $50 for farmers.
Dr. Audrey Gamble, an Alabama Extension soil scientist and assistant professor in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science, said the conference is a unique opportunity for producers to broaden their knowledge of cover crop management and learn how to maximize benefits of cover crops.
Cover Crop Conference topics include:
- Management Challenges
- Soil Biology and Fertility—Working with Cover Crops to Maximize Benefits
- Nutrient Use and Cycling with Cover Crop Inclusive Systems
- Choosing Cover Crops
- Soil Physical Properties and Soil Moisture
- So You Want to Graze Cover Crops?
- Weed Management with Cover Crops
- Impact of Federal and State Policies on Cover Crop Adoption
- Cover Crop Use in Conventional and Organic Vegetable Systems
- Essentials of Cover Crop Management
Attendees will also have an opportunity to attend a field day at the E.V. Smith Research and Extension Center. Gamble said there will be equipment demonstrations for planting into heavy residues and a display of summer cover crop monocultures and mixtures. There will also be demonstrations related to moisture savings and nitrogen benefits from cover crop residue.
For more information on the conference visit the Southern Cover Crop Conference webpage. Registration and hotel information is available, as well as directions, detailed descriptions of session topics and sponsorship information.
Register by May 31 to receive the early bird discount.