The Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference is geared toward helping Wisconsin farmers more successfully use cover crops in their own conservation cropping systems.
Topics will include dealing with manure, reducing tillage, termination of covers, and “doing it on the cheap” Many of the presenters will be Wisconsin grain and livestock farmers speaking from experience about what has worked and hasn’t worked in their Wisconsin conservation cropping systems.
Last year’s conference was a huge success with 400 attendees!
****New this year****
Advanced Soil Health Sessions:
- The night before the conference @ 5pm – dinner with a presentation from UW-Madison Microbiologist, Thea Whitman on ‘Bugging out on Soil Health – the Diversity and Function of Soil Microbes’ and a discussion with farmers about how they are measuring soil health on their own farms.
- Early riser session (morning of the conference)- ‘Farmers figuring it out’ discussion tables with experienced farmers sharing advanced techniques they are using to improve their soil’s health.
Producer-led Watershed Protection Grants Workshop:
For the convenience of farmers in Producer-led Watershed groups, the annual DATCP Producer-led Workshop will take place on Feb.19th, the day before the conference at the same hotel in Stevens Point. For more information and to register please visit the DATCP Producer-led Watershed Protection Granting Program website (This workshop will be followed by the optional social hour and the Soil Health Dinner – registration required for dinner)
Blake is a fifth generation farmer and Canadian Nuffield Scholar from Merlin, Ontario, Canada. Working with his father, Elwin Vince they produce commercial corn, soybeans and winter wheat on 1200 acres. Their farm management practices are centered on soil health and they are considered to be no-till pioneers in their corner of Canada where they adapted to no-till farming techniques in the early 1980’s. Blake considers himself very fortunate to have been taught, from a young age, the merits of no-till farming. His claim to fame, as a 46 year old farmer, is that he has never used a moldboard plough.
Knowing that soil is not an infinite resource and working with the objective to leave his farms in better condition for future generations, Blake has been using a multi-species cover crop blend to protect and enrich them. His practices are in stark contrast with others in his area of Southwestern Ontario where more and more farmers are reverting back to conventional tillage.
Tuesday, February 19 – Pre-conference events
10-4 pm: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Producer-led Watershed Protection Grant Workshop – this event is for for people participating in Producer-led Watershed groups. For more information and to register please visit the DATCP Producer-led Watershed Protection Granting Program website.
5-8 pm: Bugging out on Soil Health – the Diversity and Function of Soil Microbes (requires registration, please see registration information below)
Wednesday, February 20 – The Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
7:30-9:30 am – Registration check in
8-9 am – Early Riser Session – Farmers Figuring it Out Discussion Tables (optional session for conference attendees who’d like to come early or those that stay overnight after soil health dinner, no registration required)
9:30-10:30 am Keynote address – Blake Vince
10:45-12 Concurrent sessions:
- Breaking the tillage cycle
- Managing manure with cover crops
- Cover crop species selection and planting in Wisconsin
1-2:15 pm Concurrent sessions:
- Pest consideration with cover crops
- Using a roller crimper with cover crops
- Using cover crops as a forage
2:15-2:45- break and networking
2:45-4 Concurrent sessions:
- Doing it on the cheap – machinery modifications for no-till and cover crops
- Nitrogen management with cover crops
The registration price for just the Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference (Feb 20) will be $50 before Feb 6 and $60 after.
The registration price for conference AND the ‘Bugging our on Soil Health’ Dinner will be $70 before Feb 6 and $85 after.
More information and registration for the DATCP Producer-led Workshop can be found at: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/ProducerLedProjects.aspx
You can sponsor the Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference!
Last year’s conference was attended by 400 people, the majority of which were farmers.
The sponsorship packages and benefits are listed in the table below.
**New this year***
A full extra day of sponsorship! Sponsors of the 2019 cover crop conference will also enjoy the benefit of recognition at the
WI Department of Agriculture Producer-Led Workshop and the Bugging out on Soil Health dinner being held the day before the Cover Crop Conference on February 19th.
For sponsorship questions, contact: John Gaska, email@example.com
Click here for information about last year’s Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference!