Northeast to Host Cover Crop Field Day

Published on: October 22, 2018

Jacob Ness, western Iowa field manager for the Soil Health Partnership, speaks at a Cover Crop Field Day at Northeast Community College in 2017. Northeast will host its 2018 Cover Crop Field Day on Wednesday, October 31 on the College Farm in Norfolk. (Courtesy Northeast Community College)

NORFOLK, NE – Producers and members of the public are welcome to join agriculture students at Northeast during the College’s annual Cover Crop Field Day.

“This is a day that is designed to showcase the benefits of using cover crops with featured speakers addressing best practices in using them in an operation,” said Tara Smydra, associate dean of agriculture, math and science at Northeast. “We will also hear from some of our students on what they have learned on the use of cover crops as forage.”

The field day will take place on Wednesday, October 31, from 9-10:30 a.m., on the Northeast Community College farm on land located between the institution’s Utility Line building at 1601 E. Benjamin Avenue and the Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex at 2301 E. Benjamin Avenue in Norfolk. Refreshments will be served.

Smydra said session topics will include organic matter and cover crops, cover crop species for northeast Nebraska, carbon sequestration with cover crops, recovery of nutrients below root level, and grazing or haying cover crops.

Featured speaker will be Tyler Burkey, of Milford. Burkey is well versed in the daily practice of cover cropping for forage and rotational grazing and has shared his expertise at a number of conferences across the Midwest.

Smydra said, “This is a great way to see how cover crops can be incorporated into any operation while networking and hearing from experts in the field.”