Nebraska Cover Crops Workshop Features Gail Fuller
On Wednesday, December 18th, 2013, Gail Fuller will lead a cover crops workshop, “Do Cover Crops help your “bottom-line”: The Economic Benefits and Costs of Cover Crops upon Cash Crops, Livestock and Soil Health?” at the UNL Kimmel Education Center (5985 G Rd, Nebraska City, NE 68410).
Several resources like No-Till on the Plains (NTOP), Gail Fuller, UNL No-Till and Extension, NRCS, SARE, Ward Labs, Arrow Seed, Green Cover Seeds, Stock Seed Company, World Food Processors, NE Environmental Trust, and others (being finalized) have combined to develop a well-rounded day to meet three, main goals:
- build a support structure for your cover crop and no-till growth
- introduce you to a spreadsheet that assists your economic analysis
- and provide the opportunity to ask questions from experienced practitioners
Gail Fuller is a well-known and highly sought presenter and producer from Emporia, KS. He has presented at many national and regional conferences including at the national No-Till on the Plains conference in Salina, KS. He has experimented with no-till since the mid-1980's, becoming 100% no-till in 1995.
Gail believes integrating covers/biological primers is the best and fastest way to improve soil health. Building crop diversity, above and below ground, is key to increasing soil health and why his cover crops are all mixes. He also grows companion crops and living mulches while incorporating cattle into the equation through intensive, rotational/mob grazing.
Josh Lloyd, President of the NTOP, will present and make available his economic analysis and tool. Ray Ward will discuss the +/-s of anhydrous ammonia upon soil health and CCs. Several, experienced CCers from the North Central region will discuss rotations and practical solutions. NRCS will discuss resources and grants.
To pre-register (required), mail $12 by Friday Dec. 13th to UNL, 1824 N. Street #102, Auburn, NE 68305. Registration cost covers lunch and materials. For more information, contact Nebraska SARE Coordinator Gary Lesoing at 402-274-4755, at UNL Nemaha Extension.