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2019 Mid-Missouri Soil Health Seminar

March 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


RUSSELL HEDRICK is a first-generation farmer who has a dedication to growing some of the finest grain and livestock in his region of the southeast. His exceptional use of new technologies and cover crops led him to being awarded the 2014 North Carolina Innovative Young Farmer of the Year by North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

MICHAEL THOMPSON, is a farmer/rancher from Almena, KS. Michael along with his father Richard and his brother Brian operate Thompson Farm & Ranch LLC. The farm is comprised of acreage in Norton County, KS, and Furnas County, NE, and grows wheat, corn, oats, barley, as well as cover crop cocktails. The ranch consists of a cow/calf operation that grazes on native range and diverse cover crops on farmland acres.

LORAN STEINLAGE, is an innovative northeast Iowa farmer who has evolved from practicing conventional tillage to strip till to no-till with cover crops, all while building soil health and revenue. He started his precise, dynamic inter-seeding system with an experiment of spreading cover crop seed by hand within growing cash crops. Now, his dynamic no-till system allows him to boost soil health without decreasing yields. Steinlage will share the benefits he’s derived from inter-seeding and companion cropping, along with the tool-bar and row-unit setups that he’s utilized in his 10-plus years of interseeding covers into corn and soybeans. He will also explain the results of various tests that were conducted and the increases in grain yields and soil organic matter he’s documented

JIMMY EMMONS, The third generation on his family’s farm, Jimmy Emmons farms nearly 2,000 acres in Dewey County, OK. He has several diverse crops: wheat, irrigated dairy alfalfa hay, wheat-canola rotation and a cow-calf operation. He began to use cover crops three years ago as a way to improve soil health. He was curious about the water use of cover and invested in soil moisture probes to assess how much water they were actually using. He is also looking at cover crops as a forage source for cattle and what might be done to heal native grass pastures with cover crops. He has been on the Dewey County Conservation District board since 2007 and serves as the Oklahoma Association of Conservation District’s vice president. Since 2000, he has been part of the Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma for the Next Generation of Young Producers. He has been active in soil health monitoring and cover crops since 2012.

DALE STRICKLER, is an agronomist for Green Cover Seed, the nation’s leading cover crop specific seed company and a leader in the soil health movement, based out of Bladen, NE. He grew up on a diversified farm near Colony, KS, then attended Kansas State university, achieving both B.S. and M.S. degrees in aAgronomy. He also has his own cattle operation near Jamestown, KS, where he puts into practice his theories about creating better soil. He planted his first cover crop in 1988 and has been experimenting with them ever since with increasingly impressive results.


March 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am
March 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm