EAST LANSING, Mich. — For cover crop enthusiasts, the unusually warm February we had may bring concerns over cover crop termination, especially winter-hardy species. Keynote speaker Dale Shaner, retired USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Colorado, will offer his perspective with his presentation on “Cover Crop Termination: Consideration when selecting herbicides and the potential for resistance” at the 2017 Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference: Making Cover Crops Work – Experiences from the Field on March 15, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza, 5700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
The conference will include information on the latest cover crop developments, including interseeding cover crops, and will feature three concurrent sessions on cover crop use in field crop, vegetable crop and forage/grazing systems. This conference brings in speakers including educators, researchers and farmers from the Midwest and Ontario to present practical knowledge for successfully using cover crops. Posters will be displayed detailing cover crop information from around the region. Exhibitors providing cover crop and other agricultural related services will be present.
Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) continuing education units (CEUs) in IPM, Crop Management and Nutrient Management and Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) credits are available through these sessions.
There is still time to register for the conference and space is still available. Registration price is $100 per person and includes lunch. The Midwest Cover Crop Council business meeting will precede the conference on March 14. The business meeting is open to everyone, but must be registered for separately. View the conference flier for an agenda and more information on the business meeting and conference.
Register for the conference and business meeting at: 2017 Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference. Please register before March 10.
The Midwest Cover Crop Council’s goal is to facilitate widespread adoption of cover crops throughout the Midwest and improve ecological, economic and social sustainability. The Midwest Cover Crops Council defines cover crops as plants seeded into agricultural fields, either within or outside of the regular growing season, with the primary purpose of improving or maintaining ecosystem quality. The following states/provinces are represented in the Midwest Cover Crops Council: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
For more information on the conference, contact anyone on the Michigan State University Extension cover crops team including Dean Baas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 269-967-9672; Paul Gross, email@example.com, 989-317-4079; Christina Curell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 231-745-2732; Marilyn Thelen, email@example.com, 989-227-6454; Erin Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-353-0467; or Sarah Lovett Hanks, email@example.com.