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Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 9am-4pm

Location: Lancaster, WI

Posted August 2016

Starts and ends at the Grant County UW-Extension Office: Youth & Agriculture Center, 916 E Elm Street, Suite A, Lancaster, WI 53813-0031

This year’s conference, themed “Coupling soil quality and economics,” features a bus tour of cover crop research at the UW Lancaster Agricultural Research Station, and a tour of farms that have incorporated cover crops into their operations to improve the bottom line.

8:00-9:00: Registration and refreshments

9:00: Welcome and General Session
Why use cover crops? Helping other farmers adopt the practice
Jeff Endres, Endres Berryridge Farms, Waunakee

How USDAs new risk management program supports diversification
Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

10:00: Economics of frost seeding red clover in winter wheat

Bus tour:
Nitrogen credits for corn and yield response

Jim Stute, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

Grass cover crops following corn silage and manure application
Matt Ruark, UW Soil Science/ UW Extension

Interseeding cover crops in corn and soybean
Dan Smith, UW Nutrient and Pest Management Program
Bill Meyer, UW Lancaster Agricultural Research Station

Winter rye after corn silage, air-flowed mixes after wheat using vertical tillage
Gary Stelpflug, Lancaster

Winter rye after corn silage: forage yield and quality
Steve Adrian, Glen Haven

Registration is required by August 20 to assist with event planning. On-line registration

To register by email contact: Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference,

To register by phone contact: Ted Bay, Grant County UW-Extension, (608) 723-2125

Cost of the conference is $30, which includes lunch and materials (fee waived for NRCS personnel). Five CEUs in crop management are available. For more information contact Jim Stute: (262) 642-3303, x112 or