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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

2020 Soil Management Summit

Event information






Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension educator

The Soil Management Summit planning committee wants to ensure the health and wellbeing of our participants, vendors, and everyone else involved in the summit's production while maintaining the high standard of programmatic content the event has provided over the years. As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, we have made the difficult decision that this event will be offered online only

This summit (formerly Conservation Tillage Conference) emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science. Straight from the fields, learn how heavier, colder soils aren’t necessarily the challenge they’re made out to be. Hear from long-time no-till, reduced tillage, and cover crop farmers as they share their experiences, so you can be spared the same hard-learned lessons.

The Summit features presentations and Q&A with researchers, farmers and agricultural advisors,  information from sponsors, and conversations with farmers experienced in different soil health practices.  

Attendees who attend the entire conference will be offered CCA continuing education units (CEUs). 


The cost for this event is $50 and includes all sessions for the two days plus four bonus sessions offered after the event.

Many scholarships are available to help with the registration cost. Please contact your local SWCD to check on availability. The MN Corn and Soybean Growers are also generously sponsoring 20 farmers each to attend the SMS. For more information, contact Shane at sbugeja@umn.edu.


When you register for the Soil Management Summit, you'll be prompted to create a UMN account. This will be your login for all UMN related events and SMS recordings and materials.  Your password needs to be 16 characters long. For ease, you can use a sentence as spaces are allowed.

Summit details


Thanks to our sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting this event!

Premier Soil Builder

Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Minnesota Soybean Growers Association

General Mills

Erosion Slayer

Agassiz Seed and Supply 

ETS (Soil Warrior)

The Nature Conservancy

StripTill For You 


Koch Agronomy Services, LLC

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Soil Health Coalition 

Saddlebutte Ag  

Yetter Manufacturing

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