February 2020

    No-Till Cover Crop Symposium

    Our symposium was a big success this year and we are already planning for next year!

    2020 Symposium Summary

    No-Till Cover Crop Symposium Proceedings

    About Our Speakers

    David Brandt Farms: Soil Health at Work including special break-out session

    David Brandt farms 1,150 acres in Carroll, Ohio who utilizes cover crops and no-till to promote soil health. He is a cover crop seed dealer with Walnut Creek Seeds and has been profiled by NRCS. He has worked with and received awards from many conservation and farming groups, and is committed to participating in research.
    Brandt substantially reduces his fertilizer costs with multi-species legume cover crops. "Our nitrogen use in fields without cover crops is 170 pounds an acre," comments Brandt in an interview with Ohio NRCS. "Where we have cover crops and longtime no-till, we’re down to about 20 pounds an acre. That’s more than $100 an acre per year nitrogen savings, and we’re not sacrificing any yield."
    Recently, Brandt has been working with researchers at OSU to reduce input costs of both fertilizers and herbicides through the use of soil health practices, including cover crops.

    Scott Magnan's Custom Services: Precision No-Till in Vermont including special break-out session

    Scott Magnan runs Scott Magnan's Custom Services in St. Albans, which offers custom crop services, performing practices such as manure spreading, round bailing and planting. The company is networked with Woodchuck Custom Harvesting offering bunk packing and mowing. Scott has been an innovator in bringing precision agriculture to the area integrating it into his own operation and other area farmers business plans as a dealer for Ag Leader technology and Yetter Manufacturing. Scott offers precision Ag training and support through a CWF grant to assist with proper utilization of investment. Scott is the current chair of the Farmers Watershed Alliance. He has been a participant in UVM Extension projects including several projects with the no-till planter. Scott grows and sells crops using the farm as a tool for his own trials. 

    See Our Agenda and Presentations

    UVM Extension:
    Research results from UVM Extension projects with manure injection, tile drainage, cover cropping, no-till, interseeding, 60-inch corn and MORE!

    David Brandt – plenary on Soil Health at Work

    • Hear from a Soil Health champion on how he has made soil health a primary driver of a profitable cropping system on his farm for several decades. Want more?  Attend his breakout session to ask specifics
    • David Brandt Presentation - PDF

    Scott Magnan - plenary

    • Precision agriculture can play an important role on any farm, but especially on farms who use no-till, cover crops and manure.  Scott will share the powerful ways to use it on Vermont farms.  Want more?  Attend his breakout session for a roundtable discussion and troubleshooting session.
    • Scott Magnan Presentation - PDF

    Farmer Panel

    • Jeff Sanders will facilitate panel of successful no-till and cover crop farmers from Vermont on how they manage the ‘pinch points’ of their cropping systems and how they have navigated through these challenges to make improvements and refinements to maximize the benefits of these systems.  Bring your questions!
    • Jeff Sanders, Farmer Panel Presentation - PDF

    Breakout Sessions:

    • NEW THIS YEAR:  we will have breakout sessions to focus in on the details of no-till, cover cropping, precision ag, innovative grazing, and manure.  These will be roundtable discussions where participants can dive deeper and get into specifics with experts in the field.
    • Betsy Miller Presentation - PDF

    Economics of Conservation

    • Hear from a business planner and an agronomist on how to capture the economic impacts of no-till and cover cropping on your farm, and how to use profitability to aid in your decision-making.  How can you make no-till and cover cropping pay?

    View our sponsors and exhibitors:


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    2021 Symposium Information Coming Soon! Sponsorship's and posters will be accepted. 

    Posters and Sponsorship Opportunities

    Research can involve any agricultural crop, though the focus of our symposium has traditionally been on dairy forages and grain crops. The poster session will be held during registration and two exhibitor/poster sessions throughout the day. See previous poster descriptions.

    Become a sponsor and receive public recognition, logo placement on promotional materials, ads in the conference proceedings, exhibitor table, and more.

    More info on sponsorship

    PDF iconInitial Sponsor Letter (PDF)
    PDF iconSponsor Exhibitor Form (PDF)
    Contact Karen Gallott at (802) 388‐4969 (toll free in Vermont:  800‐956‐1125); champlain.crops@uvm.edu.


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