Co-Owner and Sales Manager, Green Cover Seed
Keith Berns has more than 20 years of experience with no-till farming, as well as 10 years’ experience teaching agriculture and computers. In addition to no-tilling 2,000 acres of irrigated and dryland corn, soybeans, rye, triticale, peas, sunflowers and buckwheat in south-central Nebraska, Berns also co-owns and operates Green Cover Seed, one of the major cover-crop seed providers and educators in the United States.
Through Green Cover Seed, Berns has experimented with and studied more than 100 different cover-crop types and other mixes planted in various situations. Thanks to this work, he has learned a great deal about cover crop growth, nitrogen fixation, moisture usage and the grazing utilization of cover crops. Berns also developed the SmartMix Calculator, one of the most widely used cover crop selection tools on the internet.
In 2016, Berns was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture. He was also appointed by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to the state’s Healthy Soils Task Force, and he has served as the task force’s chairman.
Berns received a master’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Nebraska. He teaches various groups and audiences about cover crops and soil health often throughout the year.