MCCC Meetings

Cover Crops and Soil Health:  The Practical Way Forward

2019 Annual Meeting and Conference in Springfield, IL

Platinum Sponsors
Illinois Farm Bureau


Midwest Grass & Forage
CISCO Seeds 

February 20-21, 2019

Certified Crop Advisor Registration (CCA ID# required for discount)
General/Student Meeting Registration
Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

Tuesday, February 19
*All times listed in Central time
6:00-8:00pm       Pre-meeting Networking – Top Cat Chill and Grill (3211 Sangamon Ave.) Meet in hotel lobby to walk to the restaurant at 5:45.


Wednesday, February 20 – CEUs will be offered

7:15-8:15            NCCC-211 Project Meeting – NCCC-211 representatives only (Peridot Room)
7:30-8:30          Registration (Northfield 1 Lobby)
8:30-8:35          Welcome (Crystal Room)
8:35-8:45          MCCC Update
8:45-10:15         State / Province Reports (Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, and Illinois)
10:15-10:30       Break
10:30-12:15       State /Province Reports (Michigan, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Ontario, Indiana, and Missouri)
12:15-1:30          Lunch (Diamond Room)
1:30-3:00           Working Session -Crop Advisor Listening Session
3:00-3:15           Break
3:00                    Exhibitors and Posters may set up in Topaz/Ruby/Opal/Onyx Room
3:15-4:15            Partnership Reports
4:15                     Business Meeting Adjourns

4:15-6:00          Posters and Exhibitor time in Topaz/Ruby/Opal/Onyx Room
4:30-5:30          MCCC Board of Directors Meeting – Board Members only (Diamond Room)
6:00-8:00pm   Post-Meeting Networking – Xochimilco Mexican Restaurant (attached to hotel)


Thursday, February 21 – CEUs will be offered

7:30 – 8:30          Registration (Northfield 1 Lobby)
8:30 – 8:45          Welcome (Crystal/Diamond/Emerald/Jade Room)
8:45 – 9:30          Building Your Soil Health System on Sound Principals – Barry Fisher: NRCS Soil Health Specialist
9:30 – 10:00        Nutrient Reduction Regulations – Sarah Noggle: Ohio State University Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
10:00-10:30         Break / Posters, and Exhibitors (Topaz/Ruby/Opal/Onyx Room)
10:30 – 11:00      The Effect of N Management and Cover Crop on Tile Nitrate Loads in Central Illinois – Lowell Gentry: Principal Research Specialist in Agriculture, University of Illinois
11:00 – 12:00      Keynote – Practical Implementation of Cover Crops – Lee Briese, 2017 International Crop Adviser (CCA) of the Year
12:00 – 1:00        Lunch / Posters, and Exhibitors (Topaz/Ruby/Opal/Onyx Room)
1:00 – 1:50          Soil Health – What’s Old, What’s New, and How Does it Relate to Cover Cropping? – Andrew Margenot: Assistant Professor of Soil Science, University of Illinois
1:50 – 2:40           Weed Management – Brent Sunderlage: Weed Science Researcher, Southern Illinois University
2:40 – 3:15           Break / Posters, and Exhibitors (Topaz/Ruby/Opal/Onyx Room)
3:15 – 4:15           Farmer and Crop Advisor Panel Discussion – Moderator: Joel Gruver, Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Ag, Western Illinois University
4:15 – 4:30          Wrap up and Adjourn

Location: Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference Center

3280 Northfield Drive
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 523-7900 phone
(866) 577-7900 toll free

A limited number of rooms at Northfield are reserved for conference attendees at a rate of $89.00 plus tax for 1 or 2 persons in a Standard King or Double Queen. Call the hotel for availability.

The Ramada by Wyndham Springfield North (3281 Northfield Drive Springfield, Illinois – phone:217-717-9283) is located across the street from the Northfield.


Dates: March 13-14, 2018
Location: Fargo, ND

State Reports

Partner Reports

Presentations available soon!


Past meeting information




Dates: March 14-15, 2017
Location: Grand Rapids, MI


Platinum: Monsanto and Greenstone Farm Credit Services

Gold: Midwestern BioAg, Albert Lea Seed, North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Friend: Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

Business Meeting and Conference Program

Tuesday – March 14, 2017- Business Meeting
State Reports

National Wildlife Federation – Partner Report


Wednesday – March 15, 2017- “Making Cover Crops Work- Experiences from the field”

Keynote- Cover Crop Termination: Considerations when selecting herbicides and the potential for resistance (Dale Shaner, Retired USDA-ARS – University of Colorado)

Concurrent Sessions

Track 1- Field Crops

Track 2- Vegetable Crops

Track 3- Forage/Grazing

Afternoon Joint Session: Interseeding Cover Crops into Field Crops Systems: Geography makes a Difference

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Dates: February 23-24, 2016
Location: Madison, WI

State/Province Reports

MCCC Partner Report

Presentations from “The Science of Cover Crops”

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Dates: February 17-18, 2015
Location: West Des Moines, IA

State/Province Reports


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Dates: April 8-9, 2014
Location: Warsaw, IN

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Dates: February 28-March 1, 2013
Location: London, ON

State/Province Reports

NWF update: Roadmap to increased cover crop adoption

Presentation from the Making Sen$e with Cover Crops Workshop

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Dates: February 28-29, 2012
Location: West Lafayette, IN

2012 MCCC Proceedings (Click on titles in the Table of Contents to view)

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Dates: February 23-24, 2011
Location: Ada, OH

2011 MCCC Proceedings (Click on titles in the Table of Contents to view)

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Dates: March 2-4, 2010
Location: Ames, IA

Presentation from the general session


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Dates: February 10-11, 2009
Location: Windsor, ON

Presentation from the general session


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Dates: March 11-12, 2008
Location: Indianapolis, IN

2008 MCCC Meeting Final Report

State/Province Reports

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Dates: April 10-11, 2007
Location: Minneapolis, MN

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Dates: August 2-3, 2006
Location: Augusta, MI

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