Thursday, October 24, 2013

Soil Health/Cover Crop Workshop

A Soil Health / Cover Crop Workshop will be held November 7th, 2013 at the USDA-NRCS Elsberry Plant Materials Center and American Legion Hall, 150 Hatfield Rd, Elsberry, MO.  Registration is $12 which includes lunch so please call 636-528-4877, ext. 3 to RSVP.

Presenters include:

·       Keith Berns, from South Central Nebraska, owns and operates Green Cover Seed, one of the major cover crop seed providers and educators in the United States.
·       Dave Robison, from Winona Lake, Indiana is the Forage Manager with Legacy Seeds, Inc. He is the co-founder and also the former national co-chairman of the Cool Season Grass Initiative, a founding member of the Midwest Cover Crop Council.
·       Charlie Ellis, Natural Resource Engineer, and Rich Hoormann, Agronomy Specialist, both with University of Missouri Extension.  Charlie Ellis works in Lincoln County, Missouri and Rich Hoorman, works in Montgomery County, Missouri.  These men have over 40 years of combined experience in the field of agriculture.  Currently, they are working with different cover crop species in a corn/soybean rotation.


NOTE:  Workshop starts at the NRCS Plant Materials Center and then moves to the American Legion Hall.

8:30 – 9:00 am         Registration at Elsberry Plant Materials Center

9:00-10:30 am         Tour of Cover Crops:  36 Cover Crop Species Planted at 6 Different Planting Dates, Slake Test and Rain Simulator – Keith Berns, Doug Peterson, Ron Cordsiemon,  Jerry Kaiser, and Allen Casey

10:30-11:00 am       Travel to American Legion Hall at111 Norville, Elsberry, MO

11:00-12:00             Producing and Scavenging Nitrogen with Cover Crops – Dave Robinson

12:00-1:00 pm         Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm           MU Extension Field Work/Study – Rich Hoorman/Charlie Ellis

2:00-3:00 pm           Keith Berns – The Positive and Negative Attributes of Different Cover Crop Species

3:00-4:00 pm           Dave Robison – Can I get a Return on Investment from Cover crops-YES!

4:00-4:30                 Question and Answer with the Speakers

This event is sponsored by USDA-NRCS and Lincoln County SWCD.



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