Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference

Tuesday August 30, 2016
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Starts and ends at the Grant County UW-Extension Office:
Youth & Agriculture Center
916 E Elm Street, Suite A
Lancaster, WI 53813-0031

The theme of this year’s conference is “Coupling soil quality and economics” featuring a bus tour of cover crop research at the UW Lancaster Agricultural Research Station, and a tour of farms who 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
Jeff is President of the Yahara Pride Watershed Group and a National Wildlife Federation Cover Crop Champion for Wisconsin.
How USDAs new risk management program supports diversification
Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

10:00               Bus Tour
Economics of frost seeding red clover in winter wheat: 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 is encouraged and is available on the Michael Fields Institute website: www.michaelfields.org

To register by email contact: Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference, WCCC@michaelfields.org

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, extension 112 or jstute@michaelfields.org