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Conference on cover crops and soil health

Pre-registration is ending next week for the Second National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, being held December 7-8 in Indianapolis, IN.  The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, November 7th. 

After November 7th, the conference registration price goes from $150 to $200 for ag professionals (including university, agency, NGO and agribusiness staff).  The farmer pre-registration fee is $90 and student fee is $50.  Each of those will increase by $25 after November 7th.

Information about the conference, which is being organized by the Soil and Water Conservation Society, is at:


This conference is only being held every three to four years, so now is your chance to hear the latest and greatest on cover crops and soil health!

Special topics being addressed at the conference this year are:

  • Planting green – strategy of planting commodity crops into living green cover crops before termination of the cover
  • Adjusting nutrient management when using covers
  • Best strategies and timing for terminating cover crops
  • Grazing approaches for cover crops
  • Using cover crops as part of a strategy for controlling herbicide-resistant weeds
  • Environmental impacts of cover crops
  • Latest insights on soil health testing and soil biology
  • And much more on soil management, policy, and economics!

This 1.5 day conference has many of the leading farmers and cover crop researchers speaking, along with a number of soil health experts.  Several SARE grantees are speaking, including keynote speaker Keith Berns, a Nebraska farmer who started a cover crop seed business with his brother after researching cover crops through a SARE grant.  There will also be exhibitors on cover crops and soil health and optional farm bus tours right after the conference in the Indianapolis area.

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