Soil Health and Cover Crop Forum

The Soil Health and Cover Crop Forum is an annual event brought to the public by UW-Extension Manitowoc, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation Department, Soaring Eagle Dairy and InDepth Agronomy.  Each year the Soil Health and Cover Crop Planning Committee arrange for top-notch speakers and presenters to provide cutting-edge soil health updates and information.  Professionals who attend this event range from farmers and crop consultants to government employees.  Anyone who is interested in promoting or improving soil health is invited to participate in the 2018 Soil Health and Cover Crop Forum. 

2017 Soil Health and Cover Crop Documents and Reference Materials

Reference Documents

Agenda for 2017 Soil Health and Cover Crop Forum (SWCD)

Applying Manure on Cover Crops (WDNR)

Caring for the Soil as a Living System (VABF)

Healthy, Productive Soils Checklist (USDA)

Online Resources and Cost Share Information for Cover Crops (SWCD/NRCS)

Using Cover Crops to Convert to No-Till (Ohio UWEX)

Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil and Water Quality (Ohio UWEX)


Achieving Your Cover Crop Goals and Objectives:  Matt Rataczak, District Conservationist, NRCS

Got Manure? What the Results of the NE WI Soil Microbial Project Revealed: Darrell McCauley, Agriculture Agent, Winnebago Co. UW-Extension

Cover Crop Strategies: “When” and “How” to Plant Cover Crops:  Mike Ballweg, Crops and Soils Agent, Sheboygan Co. UW-Extension

No Till/Cover Crop Self- Guided Tour:  Steve Hoffman, InDepth Agronomy and Danielle Block, Soil and Water Conservation Dept. Manitowoc Co.  Reference GIS Cover Crop Demonstration Sites Map for locations.  Signage for Demonstration Plots

 Making Cover Crops Pay:  Dr. Matt Ruark, UW Madison and Extension Soil Scientist

Panelists Presentations:

Low Disturbance Application Equipment, No-Till Cropping and Cover Crops: Dvorachek Farm & Industry LLC., Jesse Dvorachek

Low Disturbance Manure Applications into Cover Crops/No–Till Winter Wheat: Right Way Applications, LLC, Brandon Vogel

University of Wisconsin Cover Crop Events Calendar

Photos of the event:

Matt Rataczak- NRCS

Matt Raurk- UW Extension Madison

Panelists:  Jesse Dvorachek, Brandon Vogel, and Dean Heimermann
Moderator: Danielle Block

Scott Gunderson- UW Extension Manitowoc
Tony Smith- SWCD