Soil Health Conference Scheduled for March 5th in Syracuse, NE


The Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference is scheduled for Monday, March 5th at the Kimmel Ag Expo Center at 198 Plum St. in Syracuse. We have an excellent program lined up. Registration, coffee and donuts will be at 8:30 a.m., with the program starting at 9:00 a.m.

Paul Jasa, Extension Engineer will discuss his research with cover crops at the Rogers Farm near Lincoln, NE. and tips for planting into cover crops.


Stefan Gailans, Field Coordinator with Practical Farmers of Iowa will then report about on-farm research trials conducted with cover crops in corn and soybean cropping systems. He will discuss the effect of cover crops on corn and soybean yields in these trials in Iowa. 


We then have Paul Ackley, a farmer from southwest Iowa who has been using cover crops on his diversified crop/livestock farm for several years discussing how he incorporates cover crops on his farm.


Following a lunch provided by our sponsors, Mary Drewnoski, Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist will address grazing cover crops (annual forages). Mary has been conducting research with cattle grazing cover crops on research stations and on several on-farm locations as well, across Nebraska.

The day will conclude with a farmer panel of regional farmers that have been addressing soil health on their farms in different ways for several years. Farmers are utilizing no-till, applying manure as a soil amendment, utilizing cover crop crops and also grazing cover crops.

While the program is free, pre-registration is required by Tuesday, February 27th so we can have an accurate meal count. To register please call the Nemaha County Extension office at (402) 274-4755 or go online at

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