Midwest Cover Crop Training Modules

MCCC is offering cover crop slide sets available for free use by any educator in the U.S. and can be adapted to meet local needs.  Credit to the University of Missouri, Midwest Cover Crops Council, and Walton Family Foundation is requested for any slide sets used by other groups, but otherwise they can be co-branded with the name of the organization providing the training. Credit information and history is detailed below.

MCCC will be presenting these slide sets as live webinars on Tues mornings according to the schedule below, with CEUs offered for participants. Webinar recordings and slide sets will be posted after each presentation. Registration is required for each individual webinar.

Recorded Webinars

Cover Crops and their impact on soil health
Selecting cover crop species
Cover Crop Seeding and Establishment
Cover Crop Termination

Slide Sets (with speaker notes included)

Cover Crops and their impact on soil health
Selecting cover crop species
Cover Crop Seeding and Establishment
Cover Crop Termination

Webinar Date Webinar (click for registration) Presenter CEU
March 15th

10E/9C

Strategies for cash crop planting following a cover crop: “Planting Green”

Managing nutrients and herbicides when using cover crops

 

Barry Fisher

Dr. Shalamar Armstrong

1 CM
March 22nd

10E/9C

 

Business opportunities and trends with cover crops

Cover crop Economics

 

Rob Myers 1 SSp
March 29th

10E/9C

 

Cover crop impacts on wildlife, birds and pollinators

Pest issues with cover crops

Ray McCormick

Rob Myers

0.5 PD

0.5 PM

April 5th

10E/9C

 

Grazing cover crops Alan Weber 0.5 CM

During 2019-21, Walton Family Foundation funded a project with University of Missouri and the Midwest Cover Crops Council to support development of cover crop training modules and offer training programs to farm advisors in the region.

This led to development of 11 training modules on cover crop selection, management, economics, and related topics.  Each module consists of a PowerPoint slide set with accompanying instructor notes for each slide.  Each slide set was reviewed for content relevance and accuracy, mainly by volunteer expert reviewers identified through the Midwest Cover Crops Council.  The individuals who reviewed each slide set are identified within the instructor notes accompanying the first slide of each PowerPoint.  The slide sets were trialed and improved via both in-person and online trainings offered to ag retailers, extension, SWCD, and NRCS staff.  As of early 2022, over 500 Midwest farm advisors have been trained with the material.

The most common training format for an in-person program has been a one-day event, typically starting around 9 am and running to about 3:30 or 4:00 pm, for situations where the audience is coming from within a 2-hour radius.  In cases where the driving distance for some participants is longer, an afternoon followed by a morning session has been used instead.  For either format, typically 6 hours of instruction is provided.  The PowerPoint slide sets below take an average about 30 minutes to present (range of 25 to 35 minutes).  Usually, 6-7 topics have been selected out of the topic list below for a workshop session, most often the first 7 topics on the list below. Typically, three or more trainers are used to present the material, and it is preferred that either an expert farmer be one of the speakers, or a panel of local farmers using cover crops be incorporated into the program.   These PowerPoint modules have also been used for online trainings, in some cases as a series of one-hour webinars, and in other cases as two back-to-back mornings of 3-hour sessions, again aiming for a total of about 6 hours of training time.

The above slide sets with embedded instructor notes are available through the Midwest Cover Crops Council website and the Center for Regenerative Agriculture website. https://cra.missouri.edu For more information, contact Dr. Rob Myers, Director, Center for Regenerative Agriculture, University of Missouri, at myersrob@missouri.edu.

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