Cover Crops for Better Soil Health

Nebraska Extension

Is your soil as healthy as it could be? That’s a question that farmers have asked themselves for decades. In the past, the answer would be to apply more fertilizer on crops to get the best yield possible. More recently, new practices focus more on determining what is happening under the ground to produce better yields.

To show the benefits cover crops have on soil health, the Central Platte NRD and UNL Extension are hosting a V6 Field Day from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 21, 2018, at a demonstration plot on 4th Avenue and Arthur Road near St. Libory, NE. The public is invited to attend the V6 Field Day. Event speakers will be Dean Krull, USDA/CPNRD; Aaron Hird, State Soil Health Specialist; Teri Edeal, Conservationist Agronomist; and Keith Burns, Green Cover Seed.

Attendees will see a plot where these different cover crops were interseeded into corn at the V6 corn growth stage. The pros and cons of dormant seeding procedure, which is planting late for the cover crop to emerge the following spring, will also be addressed. If inclement weather arises, the field day will be moved to the shop of Ken Seim at 1324 6th Rd Chapman, NE.

Contact Dean Krull at (402) 469-0155 or email for field directions or with any further questions.