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Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic Virtual Training

COURSE 4 - Midwest Soil Health Clinic

Cover Crops/Soil Health

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in person training sessions were not offered in 2020 in an effort to protect the health and safety or our participants and presenters.  The Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic training sessions are now available online, coming directly to you no matter where you are.

Soil health class header picture

About this course

The presentations in this course are part of the Nebraska Extension MIDWEST SOIL HEALTH Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic.  We wish to express our appreciation to the USDA-NRCS, private industry professionals and UNL staff and faculty for their efforts in sharing their expertise and knowledge at this educational program.

  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits are available for those who view the presentations and complete the quick review questions and feedback questions. 
  • Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) = 1 Soil and Water Management.  
  • A certificate of completion is provided at the conclusion of this course.

Topics included in this course:

S1 – Welcome

25 - Cover Crops for Improving Soil Health - Cover Crops Plot Tour

26 - Cover Crops for Improving Soil Health - Cover Crops Mix Demo

27 - Management of Cover Crop Programs on Your Operation

28 - Cover Crops for Improving Soil Health - Cover Crops and Soil Health

S29 – Conclusion

Presenters include:

  • Gary Lesoing, Nebraska Extension Educator

  • Rich Russell, Arrow Seed Regional Sales Agronomist

  • Introduction and Closing - Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator

About Nebraska Extension's Crop Management Training

Change is constant in agriculture. Keeping up with the latest technology and changes in crop production in a timely manner is a continuing challenge for those in agricultural professions.  Ongoing, in-depth training opportunities are needed in crop management and diagnostics by many producers and professionals.  Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics help meet the needs of those seeking to stay abreast of current issues, production and management practices.

Nebraska Extension's Crop Management educational programs are tailored for agricultural businesses, representatives, producers, educators, and others wishing to expand their knowledge base or pursuing Continuing Education Credits. If you are seeking educational opportunities in crop production, management, and diagnostics, explore the links on this page to see how we can help you meet that need.

This training was produced at the Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic site at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska.   Demonstration plots are specifically developed for training.  We kept clinic plots active throughout the growing season in 2020 and recorded presentations and demonstration.

More about the training:

  • Virtual in-field training with CCA credits.
  • Learn from the unbiased expertise of university and industry agricultural specialists.
  • Up-to-date,  current, research-based information is presented.
  • The training sessions consistently receive excellent reviews.  Last year, participants estimated the value of the knowledge gained and/or anticipated practice changes as an increase of $9.16 per acre.

The fee for this course is $30. To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button:

Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic Virtual Training

COURSE 3 - Midwest Soil Health Clinic

Soil Health Properties

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in person training sessions were not offered in 2020 in an effort to protect the health and safety or our participants and presenters.  The Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic training sessions are now available online, coming directly to you no matter where you are.

Soil health class header picture

About this course

The presentations in this course are part of the Nebraska Extension MIDWEST SOIL HEALTH Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic.  We wish to express our appreciation to the USDA-NRCS, private industry professionals and UNL staff and faculty for their efforts in sharing their expertise and knowledge at this educational program.

  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits are available for those who view the presentations and complete the quick review questions and feedback questions. 
  • Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) = 1 Soil and Water Management.  
  • A certificate of completion is provided at the conclusion of this course.

Topics included in this course:

S1 – Welcome

9 - Soil Health Bucket Overview

10 - Introduction of Soil Chemical Properties, Soil Health Management, and Soil Health Indicators

16 - How Healthy Soils Make Crop Production Easier

S29 – Conclusion

Presenters include:

  • Michael Kucera, USDA-NRCS Agronomist, National Soil Ecology Team

  • Keith Byerly, NCGA Field Manager, SHP Kansas and Nebraska

  • Introduction and Closing - Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator

About Nebraska Extension's Crop Management Training

Change is constant in agriculture. Keeping up with the latest technology and changes in crop production in a timely manner is a continuing challenge for those in agricultural professions.  Ongoing, in-depth training opportunities are needed in crop management and diagnostics by many producers and professionals.  Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics help meet the needs of those seeking to stay abreast of current issues, production and management practices.

Nebraska Extension's Crop Management educational programs are tailored for agricultural businesses, representatives, producers, educators, and others wishing to expand their knowledge base or pursuing Continuing Education Credits. If you are seeking educational opportunities in crop production, management, and diagnostics, explore the links on this page to see how we can help you meet that need.

This training was produced at the Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic site at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska.   Demonstration plots are specifically developed for training.  We kept clinic plots active throughout the growing season in 2020 and recorded presentations and demonstration.

More about the training:

  • Virtual in-field training with CCA credits.
  • Learn from the unbiased expertise of university and industry agricultural specialists.
  • Up-to-date,  current, research-based information is presented.
  • The training sessions consistently receive excellent reviews.  Last year, participants estimated the value of the knowledge gained and/or anticipated practice changes as an increase of $9.16 per acre.

The fee for this course is $30. To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button:

Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic Virtual Training

COURSE 2 - Midwest Soil Health Clinic

Soil Biological Properties

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in person training sessions were not offered in 2020 in an effort to protect the health and safety or our participants and presenters.  The Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic training sessions are now available online, coming directly to you no matter where you are.

Soil health class header picture

About this course

The presentations in this course are part of the Nebraska Extension MIDWEST SOIL HEALTH Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic.  We wish to express our appreciation to the USDA-NRCS, private industry professionals and UNL staff and faculty for their efforts in sharing their expertise and knowledge at this educational program.

  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits are available for those who view the presentations and complete the quick review questions and feedback questions. 
  • Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) = 1 Soil and Water Management.  
  • A certificate of completion is provided at the conclusion of this course.

Topics included in this course:

S1 – Welcome

S21 - Soil Biology

S22 - What is Soil Biology - Active Carbon Test - Interpreting Soil Test Reports - Haney Tests

S23 - What is Soil Biology - Active Carbon Test - Soil Biology

S24 - Biological Indicators and Tests

S29 – Conclusion

Presenters include:

  • Candy Thomas, NRCS Natural Resources Specialist

  • Aaron Hird, USDA/NRCS Nebraska Soil Health Specialist

  • Introduction and Closing - Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator

About Nebraska Extension's Crop Management Training

Change is constant in agriculture. Keeping up with the latest technology and changes in crop production in a timely manner is a continuing challenge for those in agricultural professions.  Ongoing, in-depth training opportunities are needed in crop management and diagnostics by many producers and professionals.  Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics help meet the needs of those seeking to stay abreast of current issues, production and management practices.

Nebraska Extension's Crop Management educational programs are tailored for agricultural businesses, representatives, producers, educators, and others wishing to expand their knowledge base or pursuing Continuing Education Credits. If you are seeking educational opportunities in crop production, management, and diagnostics, explore the links on this page to see how we can help you meet that need.

This training was produced at the Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic site at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska.   Demonstration plots are specifically developed for training.  We kept clinic plots active throughout the growing season in 2020 and recorded presentations and demonstration.

More about the training:

  • Virtual in-field training with CCA credits.
  • Learn from the unbiased expertise of university and industry agricultural specialists.
  • Up-to-date,  current, research-based information is presented.
  • The training sessions consistently receive excellent reviews.  Last year, participants estimated the value of the knowledge gained and/or anticipated practice changes as an increase of $9.16 per acre.

The fee for this course is $30. To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button:

Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic Virtual Training

COURSE 1 - Midwest Soil Health Clinic

Soil Physical Properties

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in person training sessions were not offered in 2020 in an effort to protect the health and safety or our participants and presenters.  The Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic training sessions are now available online, coming directly to you no matter where you are.

Soil health class header picture

About this course

The presentations in this course are part of the Nebraska Extension MIDWEST SOIL HEALTH Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic.  We wish to express our appreciation to the USDA-NRCS, private industry professionals and UNL staff and faculty for their efforts in sharing their expertise and knowledge at this educational program.

  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits are available for those who view the presentations and complete the quick review questions and feedback questions. 
  • Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) = 1 Soil and Water Management.  
  • A certificate of completion is provided at the conclusion of this course.

Topics included in this course:

S1 – Welcome

2 - Soil Characteristics, Productivity & Landscape Position - Part 1

3 - Soil Characteristics, Productivity & Landscape Position - Part 2

4 - Physical Soil Properties – The Foundation for Soil Health! - Soil Property Interactions

5 - Physical Soil Properties – The Foundation for Soil Health! - Soil Structure

6 - Physical Soil Properties – The Foundation for Soil Health! - Soil Aggregates

7 - Physical Soil Properties – The Foundation for Soil Health! - Soil Compaction

8 - Physical Soil Properties – The Foundation for Soil Health! - Soil Erosion

17 - Measuring Bulk Density, Porosity and Infiltration, How it Impacts Soil Health - Soil Infiltration

18 - Measuring Bulk Density, Porosity and Infiltration, How it Impacts Soil Health - Bulk Density Demo

19 - Measuring Bulk Density, Porosity and Infiltration, How it Impacts Soil Health - Calculating Bulk Density

20 - Soil Infiltration

S29 – Conclusion

Presenters include:

  • Neil Dominy, USDA-NRCS Nebraska State Soil Scientist

  • Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator

  • Patrick Cowsert, NRCS Resource Soil Scientist

  • Michael Sindelair, Nebraska Extension Educator

  • Aaron Nygren, Nebraska Extension Educator

  • Marty Marx, NRCS Soil Conservation Technician

About Nebraska Extension's Crop Management Training

Change is constant in agriculture. Keeping up with the latest technology and changes in crop production in a timely manner is a continuing challenge for those in agricultural professions.  Ongoing, in-depth training opportunities are needed in crop management and diagnostics by many producers and professionals.  Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics help meet the needs of those seeking to stay abreast of current issues, production and management practices.

Nebraska Extension's Crop Management educational programs are tailored for agricultural businesses, representatives, producers, educators, and others wishing to expand their knowledge base or pursuing Continuing Education Credits. If you are seeking educational opportunities in crop production, management, and diagnostics, explore the links on this page to see how we can help you meet that need.

This training was produced at the Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic site at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska.   Demonstration plots are specifically developed for training.  We kept clinic plots active throughout the growing season in 2020 and recorded presentations and demonstration.

More about the training:

  • Virtual in-field training with CCA credits.
  • Learn from the unbiased expertise of university and industry agricultural specialists.
  • Up-to-date,  current, research-based information is presented.
  • The training sessions consistently receive excellent reviews.  Last year, participants estimated the value of the knowledge gained and/or anticipated practice changes as an increase of $9.16 per acre.

The fee for this course is $30. To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button:

Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic Virtual Training

COURSE 5 - Midwest Soil Health Clinic

Nutrient Management

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in person training sessions were not offered in 2020 in an effort to protect the health and safety or our participants and presenters.  The Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic training sessions are now available online, coming directly to you no matter where you are.

Soil health class header picture

About this course

The presentations in this course are part of the Nebraska Extension MIDWEST SOIL HEALTH Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic.  We wish to express our appreciation to the USDA-NRCS, private industry professionals and UNL staff and faculty for their efforts in sharing their expertise and knowledge at this educational program.

  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits are available for those who view the presentations and complete the quick review questions and feedback questions. 
  • Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) = 1 Nutrient Management.  
  • A certificate of completion is provided at the conclusion of this course.

Topics included in this course:

S1 – Welcome

S11 - Plant nutrient deficiencies

S12 - Soil pH

S13 - Soil Phosphorus

S14 - Soil Nitrogen

S15 - Soil Temperature and Electroconductivity (EC)

S29 – Conclusion

Presenters include:

  • Michael Kucera, USDA-NRCS Agronomist, National Soil Ecology Team

  • Keith Byerly, NCGA Field Manager, SHP Kansas and Nebraska

  • Introduction and Closing - Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator


About Nebraska Extension's Crop Management Training

Change is constant in agriculture. Keeping up with the latest technology and changes in crop production in a timely manner is a continuing challenge for those in agricultural professions.  Ongoing, in-depth training opportunities are needed in crop management and diagnostics by many producers and professionals.  Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics help meet the needs of those seeking to stay abreast of current issues, production and management practices.

Nebraska Extension's Crop Management educational programs are tailored for agricultural businesses, representatives, producers, educators, and others wishing to expand their knowledge base or pursuing Continuing Education Credits. If you are seeking educational opportunities in crop production, management, and diagnostics, explore the links on this page to see how we can help you meet that need.

This training was produced at the Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic site at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska.   Demonstration plots are specifically developed for training.  We kept clinic plots active throughout the growing season in 2020 and recorded presentations and demonstration.

More about the training:

  • Virtual in-field training with CCA credits.
  • Learn from the unbiased expertise of university and industry agricultural specialists.
  • Up-to-date,  current, research-based information is presented.
  • The training sessions consistently receive excellent reviews.  Last year, participants estimated the value of the knowledge gained and/or anticipated practice changes as an increase of $9.16 per acre.

The fee for this course is $30. To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button:

This course is no longer active we are using a new location and host to offer this educational content:

You will be able to re-enroll in the CFA recertification programs at https://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseAdvancedSearch.do?method=doPaginatedSearch&cspIndex=true&showInternal=false&courseSearch.courseDescriptionKeyword=fertilizer; however, there will be a minimal fee for enrollment ($10) and all testing modules will have to be completed again in the new system, regardless if they have been completed in the previous CFA programs.

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT) is a cooperative effort of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). 

For more information or to enroll contact: Whitnee Askew, Turf Program Manager, Virginia Tech at waskew@vt.edu



This course is no longer active we are using a new location and host to offer this educational content:

You will be able to re-enroll in the CFA recertification programs at https://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseAdvancedSearch.do?method=doPaginatedSearch&cspIndex=true&showInternal=false&courseSearch.courseDescriptionKeyword=fertilizer; however, there will be a minimal fee for enrollment ($10) and all testing modules will have to be completed again in the new system, regardless if they have been completed in the previous CFA programs.

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT) is a cooperative effort of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). 

For more information or to enroll contact: Whitnee Askew, Turf Program Manager, Virginia Tech at waskew@vt.edu


This course is no longer active we are using a new location and host to offer this educational content:

You will be able to re-enroll in the CFA recertification programs at https://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseAdvancedSearch.do?method=doPaginatedSearch&cspIndex=true&showInternal=false&courseSearch.courseDescriptionKeyword=fertilizer; however, there will be a minimal fee for enrollment ($10) and all testing modules will have to be completed again in the new system, regardless if they have been completed in the previous CFA programs.

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT) is a cooperative effort of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). 

For more information or to enroll contact: Whitnee Askew, Turf Program Manager, Virginia Tech at waskew@vt.edu


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