Nathan Johanning serves as an Extension Educator in Local Food Systems & Small Farms for the University of Illinois Extension. In that role, Nathan is very active in both researching and promoting the use of cover crops in agronomic crops and also a wide range of specialty crops. He works in southern Illinois based in Murphysboro and he specifically serves Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph, and Williamson Counties in addition to regional and statewide responsibilities.
Nathan grew up on a small family farm in southern Illinois and has had a life-long interest in soil conservation and crops. He earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the area of Plant and Soil Science with an emphasis on weed science. He also started his career at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, working as a researcher in weed science and later, an instructor in the Plant and Soil Science Department teaching a wide range of courses in soils and both agronomic and horticultural crops. After over 5 years in this role, he accepted his current position with University of Illinois Extension in 2013.
Since his start with Extension, Nathan has provided numerous programs on cover crops including multiple field days and presentations across the region. He also provides leadership to the research and demonstration trials at the University of Illinois Extension - Ewing Demonstration Center. Specifically, Nathan works with cover crop techniques for soybeans in southern Illinois, and promoting no-till production of many fruits and vegetables, especially pumpkins. Nathan continues his cover crop research and outreach in a variety of crop production systems including investigating new cover crop species and varieties that perform well in the region.
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University of Illinois (peer-reviewed publications)
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