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Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference 2017

October 4, 2017 , 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Jackson, WI

A Tour Examining the Role of Cover Crops in Soil and Water Quality

In partnership with Sheboygan County UW Extension, Washington and Ozaukee County Land Conservation Departments, and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) will be helping host the 2017 Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference, a tour examining the role of cover crops in soil and water quality. During the conference, attendees will have the unique opportunity to observe select on-farm demonstrations, including no-till cover crops after wheat, inter-seeding clover into corn, and low disturbance manure injection into cover crops. Attendees will also have opportunity to hear from farmers practicing cover crops and professionals like Dr. Jaime Patton with Shawano County UW-Extension, who is featured to discuss cover crops and soil health.  The conference will kick off at the Jackson Town Hall in Jackson, WI and will be followed with a tour that will include three different farmer sites, each with different demos and cover crop practices.

9:00 Registration

9:30 Welcome
Jamie Patton, Shawano County UW-Extension
Keynote: “Cover Crops and Soil Quality”

10:30 Bus Tour to Farm Sites
Ross Bishop, Jackson
Cover crop mixes after winter wheat, soil pit

Mike Ballweg, Sheboygan County UW-Extension
Corn yield following annual clovers: Sheboygan County research results

12: 00 Lunch (Includes presentations by the Clean Farm Families and Cedar Creek Farmers watershed groups)

Mike Paulus, Fredonia
Low disturbance manure injection into cover crops after wheat

Jim Melichar, Fredonia
Interseeding into corn and soybean using the Penn State seeder

3:00 Adjourn

The cost of the conference is $10 and includes lunch and materials.  Registration is required: Register online here or print out the form  and return with a check payable to MFAI.

Five (5) CEU’s in crop management are available.

Wednesday October 4, 2017
9:30 – 4:00

Jackson Town Hall
1346 Division Road
Jackson, WI 53037

For more information contact:
Mike Ballweg, Sheboygan County UW-Extension, 920-459-5900
Paul Sebo or Stephanie Egner, Washington County Land and Water, 262-335-4800
Any Holscbach, Ozaukee County Land and Water, 262-284-8271
Jim Stute, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, 262-642-3303 x 112