Cover crops conference scheduled on August 30

Ray Mueller


Ten speakers are scheduled for a Wisconsin cover crops conference to held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the Grant County Extension Service office, 916 East Elm St. The theme for the conference is “Coupling Soil Quality and Economics.”

Ten speakers are scheduled for a Wisconsin cover crops conference to held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

The program will open with Jeff Endres of Endres Berryridge Farms at Waunakee discussing the use of cover crops and how to help other farmers adopt the practice. He is the president of the Yahara Pride watershed group in Dane County and is the National Wildlife Federation cover crop champion for Wisconsin.

Margaret Krome of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) at East Troy will describe how the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new risk management program supports cropping diversification.

At the first stop on a bus tour that follows, Jim Stute of the MFAI will report on the economics of frost seeding red clover into winter wheat and how this practice provides nitrogen credits that improve yields in subsequent corn crops.

University of Wisconsin soil scientist Matt Ruark will offer suggestions for grass species cover crops to be grown after the harvest of corn for silage and a manure application. Dan Smith of the UW's nutrient and pest management program and Bill Meyer of the UW's agricultural research station at Lancaster will report on the mid-season interseeding of cover crops into corn and soybeans.

Another presentation will have Gary Stelpflug of Lancaster describing his experiences with growing winter rye after corn silage and the air-flowing of cover crop mixes following a wheat harvest and vertical tillage. The day will conclude with Steve Adrian of Glen Haven reporting on the forage yield and quality for winter rye planted after a harvest of corn for silage.

Persons planning to attend are asked to register no later than Saturday, Aug. 20. They can do so online at, by e-mail to, or by calling Ted Bay at 608-723-2125 in the Grant County Extension Service office.

The conference fee of $30 includes a lunch and materials. The fee is being waived for Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel. Five crop management continuing education units are available.

For more information, call Jim Stute at 262-642-3303, Ext. 112 or send an e-mail to