Cover crop field day Sept. 7

August 29, 2016

Lincoln, Neb. — A Nebraska Extension/NRCS Sponsored Cover Crop Field Day is scheduled for Sept. 7 at the Trent Bohling farm in western Nemaha County, one mile west of the Highway 136 & Highway 105 Junction. The field day site is 1/8 of a mile south of Highway 136 on 629 Avenue.  

Several topics will be covered at this field day.  Different cover crop mixes were planted at different planting dates in July and August in wheat stubble and will be available for examination at the field day.  Daren Redfearn, forage ystems specialist with Nebraska Extension will discuss planting dates and species selection, Mary Drewnoski, beef systems specialist with Nebraska Extension will discuss how planting date and species impact forage quality and animal performance and also address using cereal rye in grazing systems.  Jay Parsons, ag economist with Nebraska Extension will address a very important question, lease arrangements for grazing cover crops. Humberto Blanco, University of Nebraska–Lincoln soil scientist will discuss research that is being conducted in Nebraska on the impact of cover crops on soil physical properties. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss other cover crop/soil health topics, ask questions and view the different cover crop mixes.  Cover crop industry representatives are expected to attend the field day as well.

This field day is free to the public.  Registration with refreshments begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at 10 a.m.  Lunch will be served and following lunch, people will have the opportunity for closer evaluation of the cover crop plots and discussion with presenters and participants at the field day.  While pre-registration isn’t required, it is encouraged for lunch. 

To register contact Gary Lesoing at Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County at 402-274-4755 or 

Mary Drewnoski
Beef Systems Specialist
Nebraska Extension