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Wisconsin Cover Crop and Soil Health Research Webinar Series

This FREE webinar series will highlight the latest Wisconsin research on cover crops and soil health. The series will be 6 weeks long, every Wednesday from 12pm-1pm (except for the week of February 7 – that webinar will be 12pm-1:30pm). Connection information for the webinar will be provided upon registration available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wisconsin-cover-crop-and-soil-health-research-webinar-series-registration-41224772404

Participants will self-report CEU’s using the WI tracking number (if approved).

   

Week 1 – January 17:
Reducing Erosion and Improving Water Infiltration with Cover Crops and No-till
Laura Ward Good, UW-Madison Soil Science
Francisco Arriaga, UW-Madison Soil Science

Week 2 – January 24: Cover Crops after Corn Silage
Heidi Johnson, Dane County UWEX
Kevin Shelley, UW- Nutrient and Pest Management Program

Week 3 – January 31: Cover Crops after Wheat
Jim Stute, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Mike Ballweg, Sheboygan County UWEX

Week 4 – February 7: Grazing Cover Crops and Using Cover Crops as a harvested Forage
(please note longer webinar 12pm- 1:30pm)
Gene Schreifer, Iowa County UWEX
Jason Cavidini, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station
Wayne Coblentz, USDA Dairy Forage Research

Week 5 – February 14: Interseeding and Overseeding Cover Crops
into Standing Crops and Spring Seeding of Cover Crops
Dan Smith, UW- Nutrient and Pest Management Program
Brian Briski, Natural Resource Conservation Service
Heidi Johnson, Dane County UWEX

Week 6 – February 21: Soil Health
Jamie Patton – UW-Nutrient and Pest Management Program
Matt Ruark – UW Madison Soil Science

Speakers
Dr. Laura Ward Good, Assistant Scientist, UW-Madison Soil Science. Good manages development of the SNAP Plus nutrient management software including updating databases as new research data becomes available.

Dr. Francisco Arriaga, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison Soil Science/ UW-Extension. Arriaga conducts research and extension outreach on topics related to soil conservation including reduced tillage and cover crop use.

Dr. Heidi Johnson, Crops and Soils Educator, Dane County UW-Extension. Johnson conducts on-farm cover crop research in association with several farmer-led watershed groups in Dane County as well as statewide outreach work. Co-leader of the Wisconsin Cover Crop Team.

Kevin Shelley CCA, Senior Outreach Specialist, UW- Nutrient and Pest Management Program. Shelley conducts applied cover crop research and submits data to the SNAP Plus group for programming updates. He also conducts cover crop and nutrient management outreach in Southern Wisconsin. Co-leader of the Wisconsin Cover Crop Team.

Dr. Jim Stute CCA, Research Director, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Stute conducts applied cover crop research at several sites around southern Wisconsin and cover crop outreach state-wide, developing best management practices and evaluating economics of cover crop use. Co-leader of the Wisconsin Cover Crop Team.

Mike Ballweg, Crops and Soils Educator, Sheboygan County UW-Extension. Ballweg conducts cover crop research and outreach in a tri-county area of Eastern Wisconsin, and cooperates with several Extension Specialists on applied crop management research projects. Member of the Wisconsin Cover Crop Team.

Gene Schreifer, Agriculture Educator, Iowa County UW-Extension. Schreifer conducts research and outreach related to rotational grazing and non-traditional forages including cover crops.

Jason Cavidini, Assistant Superintendent, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station. Cavidini conducts research and outreach related to reduced tillage and use of annual cover crops for forage in Central Wisconsin.

Dr. Wayne Coblentz, ARS Research Dairy Scientist, USDA Dairy Forage Research Center. Coblentz conducts environmentally integrated dairy management research including optimizing oats for use as a dairy forage.

Dan Smith CCA, Regional Specialist, UW- Nutrient and Pest Management Program. Smith conducts research and outreach related to nutrient management and interseeding cover crops in corn. Member of the Wisconsin Cover Crop Team.

Brian Briski CCA, Regional Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service. Briski provides technical guidance for cover crop implementation and participates in statewide cover crop outreach. Member of the Wisconsin Cover Crop Team.

Dr. Jamie Patton CCA, Regional Specialist, UW-Nutrient and Pest Management Program. Patton is a soil health specialist who works on cover crop/ nutrient management issues in Northeast Wisconsin and does soil health outreach statewide. Member of the Wisconsin Cover Crop Team.

Dr. Matt Ruark, Associate Professor, UW Madison Soil Science/ UW-Extension. Ruark conducts cover crop research statewide related to nutrient cycling, soil health and nitrogen crediting in several cropping systems including dairy and commercial vegetable. He incorporates results into statewide Extension programming. Member of the Wisconsin Cover Crop Team.

Week 1: Reducing Erosion and Improving Water Infiltration with Cover Crops and No-till.
Session will provide research updates and a demonstration of the integration of cover crop data in SNAP Plus for improved conservation and nutrient management planning.

Week 2: Cover Crops after Corn Silage.
Session will provide research updates and recommendations for cover crop use in silage systems including harvest as forage, low disturbance manure injection and nutrient use.

Week 3: Cover Crops after Wheat.
Session will provide research updates and recommendations for cover crops interseeded in wheat or planted after harvest including BMPs, nitrogen credits and economics.

Week 4: Grazing Cover Crops and Using Cover Crops as a Harvested Forage.
Session will provide research updates and recommendations for harvest including yield, quality, animal performance and impact of forage removal on conservation performance.

Week 5: Interseeding and Overseeding Cover Crops into Standing Crops and Spring Seeding of Cover Crops.
Session will provide research updates and recommendations for interseeding and late-season overseeding (aerial application) including cover crop performance and impact on yield and harvestability of the following crop.

Week 6: Soil Health.
Session will provide research updates and recommendations for using cover crops to improve soil health and carbon cycling including the use and applications of soil health metrics and specific in-field tests.

 

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