There are many benefits to utilizing cover crops, such as improved soil health and reduced erosion. It is the details of how and what to do that can present challenges.
The 2022 Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference (formerly Nebraska Cover Crop Conference) will provide information to growers who are just getting started with cover crops and to those who are already making cover crops part of their operation.
The conference will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST Wednesday, Feb. 2 with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. The conference is scheduled for the event center at the Butler County Fairgrounds, 62 L Street, David City, Nebraska.
Topics and presenters include:
- Recognizing Healthy Soil (Virtual Real-Time Presentation) — Aaron Hird, Nebraska NRCS State soil health specialist
- When is Manure the Right Solution for a Cropping System? (Virtual Real-Time Presentation) — Amy Schmidt, associate professor and livestock manure management engineer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Cover Crops and Crop Insurance — Cory Walters, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Using Winter Hardy Small Cereals for Grazing and Silage — Mary Drewnoski, beef systems specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Making Soil Health Work for Your Operation — Chris Gaesser, Gaesser Farms, Iowa
- Strategies to Use Cover Crops for Weed Suppression — Anita Dille, professor in the Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University
- Planting Equipment for Cover Crops and Into Cover Crops — Paul Jasa, Nebraska Extension engineer
- Presenters panel — informal discussion with growers, landowners, and consultants
Registration and details available on the conference website.
There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required. Day-of, walk-in registration will not be permitted.
Local COVID-19 guidance at the time of the conference will be followed. The conference will only be held if local and UNL-directed health measures allow and if road conditions are suitable for travel. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified via email, phone or text message.
CCA credits are applied for and pending.
Sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Soybean Board.
For more information contact Nebraska Extension Educators: Gary Lesoing, 402-274-4755, Melissa Bartels, 402-367-7410, Michael Sindelar, 402-762-3644, Todd Whitney, 308-995-4222, or Nathan Mueller, 402-821-2151.