Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference offers continuing education for crop advisers and farmers

Midwest Cover Crop Council Conference offers Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units in IPM, crop management and nutrient management. Early registration ends Jan. 31, 2017.

The 2017 Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference: Making Cover Crops Work - Experiences from the Field will be March 15, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza, 5700 28th St, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. This conference brings in speakers from the Midwest and Ontario to present practical knowledge for the successful use of cover crops.

In addition to joint sessions on cover crop termination and interseeding of cover crops, three concurrent sessions on cover crop use in field crop, vegetable crop and forage/grazing systems will feature teams of a researcher or educator and farmers presenting their experiences from the field. Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education units (CEUs) in integrated pest management (IPM), crop management and nutrient management are available through these sessions. Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) credits are pending. Presenters, topics and CCA CEUs are in the table below.

Joint sessions

Dale Shaner, Retired USDA-ARS—University of Colorado, Cover Crop Termination: Considerations when selecting herbicides and the potential for resistance
CCA CEUs: 1.0 IPM

Karen Renner – Michigan State University, Marisol Berti – ND State University & Douglas Toussaint - ND Farmer, Interseeding Cover Crops into Field Crops Systems: Geography makes a Difference
CCA CEUs: 1.0 Crop Mgmt

Concurrent sessions

Track 1
Field Crops

Track 2
Vegetable Crops

Track 3
Forage/Grazing

Nathan Johanning /Adam Dahmer (IL), Challenges and successes of no-till and cover crops in southern Illinois
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

Ben Phillips/Mike Yancho Jr. (MI), I can’t believe it’s not butternut on plastic! Year two rye cover and fertility
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Nutr Mgmt

Mike Buis (ON), Lessons from over 10 years of grazing cover crops in beef production
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

Anita Dille/Josh Lloyd (KS), Use of cover crops for weed suppression in field crops in Kansas
CCA CEUs: 0.5 IPM

Ajay Nair/Wade Dooley (IA), Cover crops and conservation tillage in organic broccoli, peppers and squash
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

Rachel Martin/Jon Nelson (MI), Cover crops & forage-finished beef: A 3-year study of forage quality
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

F. Warner/G. Bird/M. Sylvester (MI), Interactions between cover crops and nematodes in diverse Michigan field crops
CCA CEUs: 0.5 IPM

Laura Van Eerd (ONT), Long-term cover cropping in convent-ional vegetable. Soil health & tilling
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

Kevin Shelley (WI), Winter rye cover crop and forage comparison in Wisconsin–five-year results
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

Lisa Holscher/Jamie Scott (IN), How Indiana moved from 184,000 acres of cover crops to 1.1 million in 5 years
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

Nathan Johanning (IL), Experiences with cover crops and no-till vegetables production in southern Illinois
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

Richard Ehrhardt (MI), Grazing cover crops and small ruminants
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

Bill Deen (ON), Long-term experiment in diversity and cover crops n corn-soy-wheat rotation
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

Dan Brainard/Ben Werling /Ralph Ooman (MI), Mustard family cover crops pest management in vegetables
CCA CEUs: 0.5 IPM

Jerry Lindquist/Chris Harrington (MI), Grazing multi-species cover crops with beef cattle
CCA CEUs: 0.5 Crop Mgmt

Every year, the Midwest Cover Crops Council has an annual business meeting followed by a one-day conference for farmers, researchers, educators, agency personnel, non-governmental agencies and agribusinesses to learn from one another about the latest information in successful cover cropping. Posters will be displayed detailing cover crop information from around the region. Exhibitors providing cover crop and other agriculture-related services will be present.

There is still time to take advantage of the early registration price for the conference of $85 per person. The registration price will increase to $100 per person after Jan. 31. Registration can be found at 2017 Midwest Cover Crop Council Annual Meeting. You can also download the conference brochure for more information.

The Midwest Cover Crop Council’s goal is to facilitate widespread adoption of cover crops throughout the Midwest and improve ecological, economic and social sustainability. The Midwest Cover Crops Council defines cover crops as plants seeded into agricultural fields, either within or outside of the regular growing season, with the primary purpose of improving or maintaining ecosystem quality. The following states/provinces are represented in the Midwest Cover Crops Council: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

For more information on the conference, contact anyone on the Michigan State University Extension cover crops team including Dean Baas, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 269-967-9672; Paul Gross, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 989-317-4079; Christina Curell, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 231-745-2732; Marilyn Thelen, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 989-227-6454; Erin Hill, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 517-353-0467; or Sarah Lovett Hanks, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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