The University of Missouri Center for Regenerative Agriculture will host free cover crop workshops in late July at four locations across the state.
These one-day events are for farmers, landowners, those in the agriculture industry, conservation staff and anyone else interested in learning more about cover crops for their area, according to Rob Myers, agronomist from MU Extension and one of the speakers at the workshops. .
“These events will be a great opportunity for people to hear the latest cover crop information, including from experienced cover crop farmers in the region,” Myers said. “We will also hear about options for obtaining cover crop payments from public and private sector programs and talk about new trends with cover crops, such as green planting.”
The workshops are scheduled to take place in Lamar on July 22, Elsberry on July 26, Jackson on July 27, and Higginsville on July 29.
Programs will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Elsberry’s July 26 workshop begins at 8:15 a.m. to allow time for a field trip to cover crop and summer species research at the Plant Materials Center at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service .
The workshops will feature a variety of speakers, including local agricultural experts, on these topics:
· Soil health impacts of cover crops.
· Advice on the selection of cover crop species.
· Seeding and termination of cover crops.
· Adjustment of nutrients and herbicides.
· Planting strategies for staple crops.
· Incentive payments for cover crops.
Continuing education units will be available. Participation is free, but those interested are asked to register on cra.missouri.edu/events/mmcc provide the organizers with a meal count.
For more information about the program, contact Bethany Wohrley at [email protected] or call 573-882-5126.