Farm Progress

Thinking about a cover crop? Plenty of advice from farmers and other experts at an upcoming cover crops conference.

Elton Robinson 1, Editor

September 5, 2014

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There was so much interest in the first Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Conference that organizers decided to do it again.

The 2014 Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Conference will be held Oct. 28-29 at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark.

The workshop is a forum for farmers to exchange information, discuss opportunities for collaboration and learn about new and successful practices related to cover crops.

The conference, which begins at 9 a.m., Oct. 28, is co-sponsored by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts.

Sessions include soil management, water management, pest management, economics, cover crop management and no-till. Speakers include NRCS and Agricultural Research Service scientists, farmers, crop consultants and university researchers.

According to John Lee, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service state agronomist in Arkansas, cover crops enhance soil quality and keep nutrients in the fields. Although cover crops can be effective under conventional tillage, they also improve soil quality and ease the transition to continuous no‐till.

Certified crop advisors can earn continuing education units for attending the workshop.

For more information, contact Lee, [email protected], 501-301-3173 or 501-722-8354.

About the Author(s)

Elton Robinson 1

Editor, Delta Farm Press

Elton joined Delta Farm Press in March 1993, and was named editor of the publication in July 1997. He writes about agriculture-related issues for cotton, corn, soybean, rice and wheat producers in west Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and southeast Missouri. Elton worked as editor of a weekly community newspaper and wrote for a monthly cotton magazine prior to Delta Farm Press. Elton and his wife, Stephony, live in Atoka, Tenn., 30 miles north of Memphis. They have three grown sons, Ryan Robinson, Nick Gatlin and Will Gatlin.

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