Complete List of Presentations
National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health
The following is a complete list of available presentations from keynote speakers and breakout sessions.
General (Plenary) Session Presentations
- Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks | VideoJim Gulliford, Executive Director, Soil and Water Conservation Society
- Perspectives on Soil Conservation | VideoHoward W. Buffett, Trustee, Howard G. Buffett Foundation
- Luncheon Keynote Presentation | VideoBill Buckner, President, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
- A Unique Soil Health Partnership Effort | VideoJerry Steiner, Executive Vice-President for Sustainability, Monsanto (retired)
Soil Health Principles
This session covered basic soil health principles necessary to build soil health, such as minimizing soil disturbance, keeping the soil covered at all times, growing a living root year round, and using plant diversity above ground to increase diversity below. It also reviewed soil health testing procedures.
- Soil Health Planning Principles: Farming into the 21st Century
Innovative Ways to Seed Cover Crops
Farmers have been creative in finding new ways to seed cover crops and testing the relative merits of various seeding approaches. This session featured a panel of farmers talking about their experiences with a variety of approaches to seeding and establishing cover crops.
- Jamie Scott, Indiana farmer (PDF) | Video
- Mike Shuter, Indiana farmer (PDF) | Video
- Curtis Furr, North Carolina farmer (PDF) | Video
Selecting Cover Crops
This session addressed the relative pros and cons of various cover crop species, including the less common cover crops and cover crops suited to grazing use. The Midwest Cover Crops Council selection tool for cover crops was also discussed.
- Eileen Kladivko, Purdue University (PDF) | Video
- Keith Berns, Nebraska farmer and Green Cover Seed | Video
- Gail Fuller, Kansas farmer (PDF) | Video
- Dave Robison, Legacy Seeds (PDF) | Video
Terminating Cover Crops for Maximum Benefits
Timing of cover crop termination can determine soil nitrogen levels and ease of establishing a following cash crop. Termination approach can also affect the success of weed control in the cash crop system. This session delved into various cover crop termination strategies, including considerations for the use of herbicides, roller crimper and other termination options.
- Mike Plumer, Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (PDF) | Video
- Steve Groff, Pennsylvania farmer and Cover Crop Solutions (PDF) | Video
- Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute (PDF) | Video
Integrating No-Till or Strip-Till with Cover Crops
Many of the early adopters of cover crops have been no-till farmers who see the benefits of cover crops for reducing soil compaction and complementing erosion control of no-till. Other farmers have started out with conventional tillage but found the adoption of cover crops has caused them to rethink their tillage system. This session addressed how to maximize soil conservation and soil health benefits of cover crops by combining this practice with no-till or strip-till systems.
- Dwayne Beck, South Dakota State University (PDF) | Video
- Barry Fisher, USDA-NRCS Indiana (PDF) | Video
- Roger Wenning, Indiana farmer (PDF) | Video
- Henry Miller, Michigan farmer (PDF) | Video
- Steve Berger, Iowa farmer (PDF) | Video
Cover Crops as Part of an Overall Nutrient Management System
The use of cover crops can have a significant impact in reducing nutrient losses from fields and affecting overall nutrient availability in soils. Speakers in this session shared some of the latest research on impacts of cover crops on soil nutrients.
Environmental Impacts of Cover Crops
Speakers in this session discussed both local and off-site impacts of using cover crops, including some of the latest information on cover crop impacts on water quality, nitrogen loss from fields in tile lines, phosphorous loss and wildlife considerations.
- Dr. Tom Kaspar, USDA-ARS Iowa (PDF) | Video
- Dr. Ryan Stockwell, National Wildlife Federation (PDF) | Video
- Dr. Jim Hoorman, Ohio State University (PDF) | Video
- Dr. Ken Staver, University of Maryland (PDF) | Video
Grazing Cover Crops and Benefits for Livestock Operations
This session explored the ways that cover crops can be integrated with livestock operations, including as forage for grazing in between cash crop growing seasons.