If you are interested in hearing from a widely known speaker on cover crops and no-till, consider attending Columbus on January 29th to hear Gabe Brown of Bismarck, North Dakota speak. 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 Platte County 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: http://brownsranch.us/. 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 in 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 Platte County banks and businesses are providing the resources needed to support the lunch for this event.