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Conference connects the dots between cover crops, soil health, people

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Ryegrass is used as cover crop in Fayette County. Photo credit: Jennifer Jones

URBANA, Ill. – Emerging research on cover crops' impact on soil health provides new best practices for grain and oilseed producers, vegetable growers, and livestock farmers. The Midwest Cover Crops Council will provide practical recommendations at its virtual annual conference Feb. 23 to 25. 

University of Illinois Extension joins 12 other land grant universities in this alliance to further knowledge on soil health and productivity. 

"The world's leading soil biologists will highlight the latest scientific achievements on improving soil management and achieving a balance of efficiency and resiliency in agriculture," says Nathan Johanning, Illinois Extension commercial ag educator. 

Learn more and register at Cost is $35 and allows access to 10 live discussions, plus anytime access to the recordings for 30 days following the conference. 

The first day includes the group's annual business meeting and updates from the cooperating states. Each day features informal Q&A with industry experts.

The 2021 conference is organized by OMAFRA, Ridgetown Business Development Centre, and SOILS AT GUELPH. Sponsors include the Ontario Agricultural College, Syngenta, Grain Farmers of Ontario,  Mosaic Company, and Cribit Seeds.

SOURCE: Nathan Johanning, Illinois Extension, Commercial Ag Educator
WRITER: Judy Mae Bingman, Illinois Extension, Marketing and Communications Manager