Nebraska Cover Crop Conference

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Nebraska Cover Crop & SOIL HEALTH Conference - 2020 Theme: Inter-Seeding Cover Crops for Corn & Soybean Rotation

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center

1071 County Road G * Ithaca, NE

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The 2020 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.  The theme for this year is, "Inter-Seeding Cover Crops for Corn & Soybean Rotation"

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.

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8:30 a.m. Registration/Coffee/Doughnuts
9:00 a.m.

Nathan Mueller, Nebraska Extension Educator

Nathan Mueller
9:05 a.m. Finding the Right Fit with Cover Crops

Abbey Wick, North Dakota State University

Cover crops can be a useful tool for managing several on-farm goals.  But figuring out the right fit for both goals and comfort level can be tricky. Talking through practical approaches farmers are using combined with science-based information helps minimize risk while achieving goals. 

Abby Wick
10:05 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m.

Farming With 2020 Vision in Mind

Loran Steinlage, Farmer/Practical Field Engineer DAWNequipment/UndergroundAg, FLOLO Farms, West Union, Iowa

Loran Steinlage Owner/Operator of FLOLOfarms with wife Brenda Specializes in adapting practices and equipment to our unique area on the edge of the Driftless area.  The Steinlages are evolving to Companion/Relay NoTill cropping system which is focused on cycling plants to keep a living plant in the soila at all times,to help aid in moisture management and weed suppression. Currently producing Corn, Soybeans, Cereal Rye, Winter Wheat, Malt Barley and Buckwheat. And recently took on a role with DAWN Equipment/Underground Ag as an Infield Practical Field Engineer.

Loran steinlage
11:30 a.m.

Selling Seed in Nebraska

Steve Knox, Director, Nebraska Crop Improvement Association

What you will need and what you have to do to be able to sell seed in Nebraska

Steve Knox
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m.

Accelerating Soil Health Adoption by Quantifying Economic & Environmental Outcomes and Overcoming Barriers on Rented Lands

Brian Brandt, Director of Ag Conservation Innovations , American Farmland Trust, Columbus, Ohio

Brian Brandt
1:30 p.m.

Review of Cover Crop Demonstrations in Central Platte NRD

Dean Krull, Farmer/ UNL Research Technologist

Environmental Impact; Planting dates and results; Seeding Strategies and moisture concerns.

Dean Krull
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m.

Understanding Soil Health, Measuring Success and Reducing Risk

Aaron Hird, State Soil Health Specialist, Co-Presented with Noah Seim, Merrick County Farmer

The USDA/NRCS in Nebraska will present an update on the Nebraska NRCS Soil Health Initiative.  Understanding how soil health can improve “in your crop field” is an important step in understanding the various measurements of success and how healthy soil reduces risk.  NRCS Nebraska has partnered with the UNL Agronomy & Horticulture Department as well UNL Extension’s Nebraska On-Farm Research Network to work alongside interested farmers and ranchers across the state to monitor the aspects of improved soil health in a crop fields and rangeland and capture the results.  Presenting about his Soil Health Initiative Demonstration Field, Noah Seim, will offer his experience comparing in-season seeding of cover crops into corn with germination between V4 and V6 growth stages vs seeding after harvest vs no cover crops.  Seim has seen the benefits of soil health and is interested in the story the data from his crop field is telling.

Aaaron Hird

Noah Seims

2:45 p.m.

Thoughts from a 1st Year Inter-Seeder and Why You Should Give it a Try!

Jay Goertzen, Henderson, NE Farmer and Jennifer Rees, Nebraska Extension Educator

  • How I built an inter-seeder out of what I had laying around the farm.
  • My observations on what grew and what didn't.
  • What I'm going to modify to hopefully make it more successful.

Jay Goertzen

Jennifer Rees

3:05 p.m.

Cover Crops by Helicopter: FAQ

Brent Wulf, Owner and Chief Pilot, Hexagon Helicopters Inc.

An introduction to the equipment, techniques and advantages  of interseeding with a helicopter.  

Brent Wulf
3:20 p.m. Cover Crop Panel
3:45 p.m. Adjourn

Seating is limited!  Pre-register by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at:

No fee to attend, but must pre-register.  Preregistration required to ensure resource materials are available and for meal planning purposes.

Questions - email or call 402-624-8030.

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