Berns Brothers, Ward Labs are Nebraska Stops on Points North Tour

Berns Brothers, Ward Labs are Nebraska Stops on Points North Tour

Annual event featuring cover crop information is sponsored by Kansas-based No-till of the Plains.

Two stops in Nebraska are part of the annual No-till on the Plains "Points North Tour," Aug. 7-10. The tour heads to South Dakota after its Nebraska visit.

Doug Palen, Mitchell County, Kans., no-till producer and No-till on the Plains board member, is host of the annual tour this year.

It will originate in Salina, Kan., and then proceed across the border north to Green Cover Seeds, owned by Keith and Brian Berns in Bladen. There, the tour members will see cover crop plots and have lunch.

Nebraska passengers can join the tour at the Bladen stop, Palen says.

Next, the bus travels to Kearney where attendees will tour Ward Laboratories and visit with soils expert, Ray Ward.

COVER CROP INFORMATION: Brian Berns fields questions from producers during one of the many educational meetings at Green Cover Seeds of Bladen. The Berns Brothers operation is one of the stops on this year's Points North Tour.

The tour will wind up in Pierre, S.D., for the second day, Aug. 8. The group will spend the morning at Dakota Lakes Research Station hosted by Dwayne Beck, long-time no-till researcher. That afternoon the group will tour the Kent Kinkler Farm at Onida and the Cronin Farm at Gettysburg, both in South Dakota.

The day will finish with a steak dinner and discussion with Dan Forgey and Ralph Holzworth.

Day 3, Aug. 9, features tours at Rick Bieber's Farm in Trail City with lunch courtesy of Bieber and the Arnoldy Farm at Kennebec. The group will travel back to Kearney to overnight, then head home the morning of Aug. 10.

The registration is available online at under Event Registration, or by calling 888-330-5142, according to Palen. Costs for the Points North Tour are $675 per person for double occupancy (lodging) and $825 per person for single occupancy. There are very limited numbers of single rooms available to the tour group.

Among the sponsors of the tour are KFRM Radio, Koch Agronomic Services, Green Cover Seeds, Kauffman Seed, Arrow Seeds, Aurora COOP, and Sharp Seed Company.

The tour provides an opportunity visit with your peers, talk with experts in no-till and cover crops, and to see first-hand what farmers in other states are doing, Palen says.

No-till on the Plains is an educational organization formed in 1996. It works to bring the latest innovations and technology to farmers in a variety of formats, including tours, seminars, field days, a winter conference, and Agriculture's Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium. Find out more on No-till on the Plains by visiting the web at

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