Nebraska Cover Crop Conference

  • Nebraska Cover Crop Conference
Nebraska Cover Crop & SOIL HEALTH Conference

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

The conference will be webcasted from the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) near Mead, NE and other locations. 

In-person attendance not available at ENREC due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Registrants can take part online or attend at the following locations with limited seating:

  • Beatrice, Southeast Community College (Academic Excellence Building), 4771 W. Scott Rd, Beatrice NE – Limit 30
  • Central City, Merrick Co. Fairgrounds, Central City, NE – Limit 50
  • Hastings, Adams Co. Fairgrounds, 947 S Baltimore Ave, Hastings, NE – Limit 100
  • Holdrege, Phelps Co. Fairgrounds, 1308 Second Street, Holdrege, NE  – Limit 50
  • North Platte, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W State Fair Road, North Platte, NE – Limit 28
  • Syracuse, Kimmel Ag Expo, 198 Plum St., Syracuse, NE – Limit 50
  • York, York Co. Fairgrounds - 4-H Bldg., York, NE - Limit 25

There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required.  Day-of, walk-in registration will not be permitted.   Early registration is encouraged as capacity limitations are in place at each location. Once a location is full, it will no longer be listed as a registration option.

In-person meetings will only be held if local and UNL directed health measures allow and if road conditions are suitable for travel. If a site is cancelled, registrants will be notified via email, phone, or text message.

Facial coverings/masks guidelines may vary based on local directed health measures. For information about the COVID related health measures that will be in place at the meeting of your choosing, please contact the local site host. Contact information for each site host can be found below.

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Cover Crop Conference

About the Conference

The 2021 Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference features innovative speakers who have worked with cover crops extensively and will share what they have learned. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered. 

How can you get started with cover crops in your corn/soybean rotation?

Already using cover crops - could you be doing it better?

There are many benefits to utilizing cover crops, such as improved soil heath and reduced erosion. It’s the details of how and what to do that can present challenges. The focus of the conference is to provide information to growers who are in a corn/soybean rotation and to assist them in understanding the value of cover crops.

CCA credits are applied for and pending approval.

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Agenda, Topics, and Speakers

1:00 - 1:25 p.m.   Optimizing your cover crop ROI
Rebecca Clay, Strategic Initiatives Agronomy Coordinator at Practical Farmers of Iowa

1:25 – 1:45 p.m.  Experiences and Economics Using Cereal Rye as a Cover Crop
<p="" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;" />Chad Bell, Farmer

1:45 – 1:55 p.m.  Break

1:55 – 2:20 p.m.  Using Aerial Imagery to Determine Cover Crop Impacts on Cash Crop Growth and Development
Dr. Andrea Basche, Assistant Professor, Agronomy & Horticulture University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2:20 – 2:45 p.m. Soil Sensing and Soil Health
Kristen Veum, Research Soil Scientist at USDA-ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit, University of Missouri-Columbia

2:45 – 2:55 p.m.  Break

2:55 – 3:40 p.m.  Pathway Toward a Healthy and Resilient Soil to Achieve Optimum Productivity and Environmental Quality: Cover Crops are Key!
Jerry Hatfield, Retired Director, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment

3:40 – 4:00 p.m.  On-Farm Research of Incorporating Cover Crop into a 3 Crop Dryland Rotation
Ken Herz, Owner/Operator of Herz Land and Cattle

4:00 - 4:20 p.m.  Speaker Panel Q/A

4:20 - 4:30 p.m.  Evaluation and wrap-up


Beatrice - Nathan Mueller, 402-821-2151,

Central City - Steve Melvin, 308-946-3843,

ENREC - Melissa Bartels, 402-367-7410,

Hastings - Ron Seymour, 402-461-7209,

Holdrege - Todd Whitney, 308-995-4222,

North Platte - Chuck Burr, 308-696-6783,

Syracuse - Gary Lesoing, 402-274-4755,

York - Jenny Rees, 402-362-5508,

Nebraska Cover Crop & Soil Health Conference Sponsors