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.
Watch the recorded presentations:
Introduction 2:51 min.
Daren Redfearn, Extension Forage Crop Residue Specialist
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
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
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
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
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
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
Speaker Panel Q/A 29:34 min
Beatrice - Nathan Mueller, 402-821-2151,firstname.lastname@example.org
Central City - Steve Melvin, 308-946-3843,email@example.com
ENREC - Melissa Bartels, 402-367-7410,firstname.lastname@example.org
Hastings - Ron Seymour, 402-461-7209,email@example.com
Holdrege - Todd Whitney, 308-995-4222, firstname.lastname@example.org
North Platte - Chuck Burr, 308-696-6783,email@example.com
Syracuse - Gary Lesoing, 402-274-4755,firstname.lastname@example.org
York - Jenny Rees, 402-362-5508,email@example.com