Nebraska Cover Crop Conference

  • Nebraska Cover Crop Conference
Eastern Nebraska SOIL HEALTH Conference
The 2022 Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference (formerly Cover Crop Conference) is scheduled for:

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST Registration at 8:30 a.m.

Event Center - Butler County Fairgrounds * 62 L Street * David City, Nebraska

More details coming soon. 

Attention Agribusiness Stakeholders:  We are looking for vendors to exhibit at the conference.  On behalf of Nebraska Extension, we invite you to support our farmers through exhibiting at the 2022 Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference.  Learn more....

Cover Crop Conference

About the Conference

The conferences feature 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.

Watch the 2021 recorded presentations:

Please consider taking a look back at the 2021 conference that was webcasted from the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) near Mead, NE and other locations.   Registrants participated online or at one of the following locations:  Beatrice, Central City, Hastings, Holdrege, North Platte, Syracuse, and York, Nebraska.

video icon Introduction  2:51 min.
Daren Redfearn, Extension Forage Crop Residue Specialist

video icon Optimizing your cover crop ROI  30:08 min.
Rebecca Clay, Strategic Initiatives Agronomy Coordinator at Practical Farmers of Iowa

  • Cover crops play a critical role in soil and water management, but the upfront costs deter some producers from trying or sticking with cover crops. In this session we’ll explore ways to minimize cover crop seed and application costs, use cover crops to reduce cash crop production expenses, and reduce forage expenses with cover crops.   Presentation PDF

video icon Experiences and Economics Using Cereal Rye as a Cover Crop  27:45 min
Chad Bell, Farmer 

  • The true economics of cover crops are difficult to define. However, when it comes to using cereal rye for weed control, the economics are much more black and white. You can learn more about how I pencil out using cereal rye for weed control in my roundup-ready and non-gmo soybeans.  Presentation PDF
video icon Using Aerial Imagery to Determine Cover Crop Impacts on Cash Crop Growth and Development  21:15 min

Dr. Andrea Basche, Assistant Professor, Agronomy & Horticulture University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Aerial imagery is increasingly being utilized and recognized as a tool to support crop management decisions. Through the Soil Health Initiative project, a collaboration with the USDA-NRCS and University of Nebraska research and extension, on-farm research projects are capturing in-season imagery of side-by-side trials of various cover crop management systems. This presentation will feature new analysis from aerial imagery collected in 2020 on multiple Nebraska farms. Although trends vary from field to field, in-season imagery offers promising potential to provide diagnostic information about cash crop growth, development and performance, ultimately that can support more effective and efficient cover crop management.  Presentation PDF

video icon Soil Sensing and Soil Health  22:10 min
Kristen Veum, Research Soil Scientist at USDA-ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit, University of Missouri-Columbia

video icon Pathway Toward a Healthy and Resilient Soil to Achieve Optimum Productivity and Environmental Quality: Cover Crops are Key!  40:21 min

Jerry Hatfield, Retired Director, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment

  • Soils are the foundation to agricultural production and soil health is key to efficient production, environmental quality, and economic viability. Resilience of cropping systems are dependent upon soils being able to supply water and nutrients. Cover crops provide the pathway to improving soil health and enhancing water and nutrient use efficiency. Cover crops should be viewed as an investment into increasing the value of agricultural systems.  Presentation PDF

video icon On-Farm Research of Incorporating Cover Crop into a 3 Crop Dryland Rotation  21:34 min
Ken Herz, Owner/Operator of Herz Land and Cattle 

video icon Speaker Panel Q/A  29:34 min


Gary Lesoing, 402-274-4755,

Melissa Bartels, 402-367-7410,

Michael Sindelar, 402-762-3644,

Todd Whitney, 308-995-4222,

Nathan Mueller, 402-821-2151,

Nebraska Cover Crop & Soil Health Conference Sponsors