Cover Crops and No-Till Expert – January 29th

Producers and others that want to learn more about the use of cover crops and or no-till crop production should consider attending this seminar in Columbus on January 29th.  Gabe Brown from Bismarck, ND, is one of the most sought after speakers for no-till, cover crops, livestock grazing, and soil health presentations in the United States.  Gabe is coming to Ag Park,  to present his information about utilizing cover crops,  establishing no-till and his thoughts on soil health.

The day-long event is free.  However, you are asked to register by January 27th by calling the Extension Office at 402-563-4901.  On the 29th the registration/rolls/coffee starts at 9:00 a.m. and the program starts at 9:30 a.m.  Lunch will be provided.  The program will end about 3:00 p.m.

Gabe Brown is featured in several YouTube videos and there are several of his presentations available on the Web.  You can learn more about him at:  The Browns strive to solve problems in a natural and sustainable way.  Improving soil health is a priority and no-till farming has been practiced since 1993.  A diverse cropping strategy, which includes cover and companion crops are used.  They have now eliminated the use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, and pesticides.

Groups cooperating to support having Gabe Brown come to the area include Nebraska Extension, Platte County; Natural Resources/Conservation Service Office in Columbus; Lower Platte North NRD, Lower Loup NRD, Lower Elkhorn NRD, Prairieland RC&D, and the Shell Creek Watershed Improvement Group.  Several local banks and businesses are providing the resources needed to support the lunch for this event. 

Announcements:  The Extension Office will be closed on Monday, January 18 for the Martin Luther King Holiday.  Private Pesticide Training will start in Platte County at the Farm Show, Ag Park, February 3 and 4.  On the 3rd, the training will be at 1:30 p.m.  On the 4th, the training will be at 9:30 a.m.  The training serves as initial or recertification training for those that need to obtain the Private Applicator Certification to apply restricted use pesticides. 

For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Platte County.  Phone: 402-563-4901 or e-mail