Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference- Stevens Point @ Holiday Day Inn
Feb 19 @ 10:00 am – Feb 20 @ 4:00 pm
Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference- Stevens Point @ Holiday Day Inn | Stevens Point | Wisconsin | United States

Farmers and agricultural professionals from around the state are coming together again to share and learn about all things cover crops. Whether you’re a seasoned cover crop expert or an absolute beginner, there will be something for everyone!

Keynote Speaker: Blake Vince

Nuffield Scholar and long-time no-till & cover crop farmer from southwestern Ontario

Join us for a pre-conference dinner and discussion:

– Bugging Out on Soil Health –

The diversity & function of soil microbes

February 19, 2019 • 5:00 PM

Taking place after the DATCP Producer-Led Workshop

Tuesday, February 19th

10:00 – 4:00 Producer-led Watershed Conference

5:00 – 8:00 Bugging Out on Soil Health with Thea Whitman

Wednesday, February 20th

8:00 – 9:00 Early Riser Farmers Figuring it Out Discussions

  • Relay cropping
  • Planting green
  • Spring seeding
  • Interseeding

9:00 – 9:30 Break and Registration for Conference attendees

9:30 – 10:30 Keynote Speaker: Blake Vince – #RootsNotIron

10:45 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions: Select a session

  • Session 1: Breaking the tillage cycle
  • Session 2: Managing manure with cover crops
  • Session 3: Cover crop species selection & planting in WI

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and time to visit with exhibitors

1:00 – 2:15 Concurrent Sessions: Select a session

  • Session 4: Pest considerations with cover crops – weeds & insects
  • Session 5: Using a roller crimper with cover crops
  • Session 6: Using cover crops as a forage

2:45 – 4:00 Concurrent Sessions: Select a session

  • Session 7: Machinery modifications for no-till and covers
  • Session 8: Nitrogen management with cover crops

Green County is organizing a carpool again to help those interested to get there. Farmers of the Sugar River (producer-led group) will cover your registration cost ($50 before Feb 6) if you’re in the watershed (and maybe if you’re not- depending on demand!)  Please contact Tonya Gratz at Green County Land and Water Conservation Department if you are interested.608-325-4195 ext 121 or email: Tonya.Gratz@wi.nacdnet.net

Improving Your Soil To Improve Your Bottom Line @ Albany Lions Club
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Improving Your Soil To Improve Your Bottom Line @ Albany Lions Club

Farmers of the Sugar River Watershed present:

Learn how cover crops and no-till make your soil more durable and boost your bottom line. Keith Berns, Nebraska Farmer and owner of Green Cover Seed, will share what he’s learned about cover crops and why they’re important in cropping systems. Ted Bay, retired UWEX ag agent, will help you pencil out costs – comparing costs of tillage versus no till – to keep more money in your pockect. 

Seating is restricted to 250. Registration is required. Please register by 2/26/2019 with Tonya Gratz, Green County LWCD by calling 608-325-4195 ext 121.   


Topics include, but not limited to: Cover crops, soil resiliency, no-till, economics of tillage vs no-till

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Stine Seed
  • Pleasant Grain LLC
  • Alpine Auto Electric
  • Compeer Financial
  • Badger State Ethanol
  • L & S Truck Service
  • Helena Chemical
  • Kaderly Crop Con-sulting
  • MP Services
  • New Glarus Brewing
  • Baker Precision Planting Works
  • Schwartzlow Fertilizer
  • Sugar River Bank/ Bank of New Glarus
  • Kuhn
  • Super Soy
  • Insight FS
  • Colony Brands
  • Jerry & Barb Daniels
  • Albany Lions Club
  • Al McGuire
  • UB & T
  • Landmark Coop


  • Keith Berns, Green Cover Seed, Nebraska
  • Ted Bay, retired UWEX Ag Agent
  • You! Bring your questions to ask other farmers!

10AM :  Registration & Donuts

10:30AM – Noon: 7 Things I Learned From Cover Crops  – Keith Berns – Green Cover Seed, NE

Noon:  Lunch by Albany Lions ( Hot Roast Beef)

12:45 – 1:00PM:  Lower Sugar River Watershed Association – Monitoring Changes in the Watershed

1:00-2:30PM: Save Money, Time, and Soil: The Economics of No-Till-Ted Bay, retired UWEX ag agent

2:30-2:40PM: Milk & Cookie Break

2:40-3:30PM: Farmers to Farmer Q&A – moderated by Dan Truttmann, New Glarus Dairy Farmer 




Summer Field Day @ Truttmann Dairy LLC
Aug 7 all-day