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Soil Health Conference – Iowa

February 4, 2019 @ 8:00 am - February 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Registration is open for the 2019 Soil Health Conference!

Keith Berns combines over 20 years of no-till farming with 10 years of teaching Agriculture and Computers. In addition to no-tilling 2,500 acres of irrigated and dryland corn, soybeans, rye, triticale, peas, sunflowers, and buckwheat in South Central Nebraska, he also co-owns and operates Green Cover Seed, which is of the major cover crop seed providers and educators in the United States.

Through Green Cover Seed, Keith has experimented with over 100 different cover crop types and hundreds of mixes planted into various situations. Through this he has learned a great deal about cover crop growth, nitrogen fixation, moisture usage, and grazing utilization of cover crops.

Keith was honored by the White House as a 2016 Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture. Keith also developed the SmartMix CalculatorTM one of the most widely used cover crop selection tools on the internet.

Keith has a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Nebraska and teaches on cover crops and soil health more than 30 times per year to various groups and audiences.

A panel of experts will discuss Soil Health and Economies of Scale of Agriculture Productivity including Dr. Wendong Zhang of ISU Department of Economics, Wayne Fredricks a farmer in Mitchell County, and Alejandro Plastina of ISU Department of Economics


February 4, 2019 @ 8:00 am
February 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Scheman Building, Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50010 United States + Google Map