Registration is open for the 2023 Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference, formerly known as the Nebraska Cover Crop Conference. The event will take place on Thursday, February 9, at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead.
This annual conference features speakers who will share their experiences with a variety of soil health practices. Topics will include cover crops, diversifying crop rotations, biochar and other regenerative practices.
The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. All sessions will be held at the August N. Christenson Center at 1071 County Road G in Ithaca.
Presenters and topics include:
- Moving forward requires looking backwards: Benefits of re-diversifying crop rotations in the Midwest - Marshall McDaniel, Iowa State University
- Interseeding cover crops into early-season corn and soybean - Farmer panel with Chad Dane (Clay County) and Jay Goertzen (York County) moderated by Jenny Rees, Nebraska Extension Educator
- Practical tips for selecting and grazing forage cover crops - Mary Drewnoski, UNL Beef Systems Specialist
- Nebraska farmer perspectives on diverse crop rotations and intensification - Farmer panel with Angela Knuth (Saunders County), Garret Ruskamp (Cuming County), Kyle Riesen (Jefferson County), and Haldon Fugate (Gage County) moderated by Nathan Mueller, Nebraska Extension Educator
- Emerging topics in soil health
- (1.) Biochar and its potential as a soil amendment – Britt Fossum, UNL Graduate Student
- (2) Opportunities for the perennial grain Kernza® - What it is and how it is grown - Roberta Rebesquini, UNL Graduate Student
- (3.) What’s new in the cover crop industry - Davis Behle, Green Cover Seed
Pre-registration is required by February 4 and can be done at https://enrec.unl.edu/nebraska-cover-crop-conference/. There is no fee to attend, and CCA credits are applied for and pending.
The event is sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Soybean Board.
For more information, contact Nebraska Extension Educators: Katja Koehler-Cole at 402-504-1016 or [email protected]; Nathan Mueller at 402-821-2151 or [email protected]; Aaron Nygren at 402-624-8030 or [email protected]; Todd Whitney at 308-995-4222 or [email protected]; and Caro Córdova at 402-472-6292 or [email protected].
About the Nebraska Soybean Board: The nine-member Nebraska Soybean Board collects and disburses the Nebraska share of funds generated by the one-half of one percent times the net sales price per bushel of soybeans sold. Nebraska soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.