If you don't know Ray Weil and you want to improve the health of your soil, leading to better yields down the road, you should meet him.
You have three chances to not only meet him, but hear him and others discuss why they believe soil health is the secret to helping feed the world. He will appear at three conservation field days next week in three distinctly different parts of Indiana.
The three field days are provided by the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, says Lisa Holscher, coordinator for the program.
Weil is professor of soil science at the University of Maryland, now a Big Ten Conference school. He takes an ecological approach to soil science. If you have questions about increasing soil organic matter and recycling nutrients to both improve yields and improve water quality, he is the man to ask.
The first field day is Aug. 18 at the Beef House just off I-74 near Covington. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. EDT to 3:30 p.m.
Other speakers include Master Farmers and no-tillers Jack Maloney and Mike Starkey, plus Bob Barr, a water quality researcher at IUPUI. Barry Fisher will also speak.
Learn more by contacting the Parke County SWCD at 765-569-3551.
The second field day takes Weil all the way to the tip of northeast Indiana to Fremont. Some say it's the garden spot of Indiana this year. Come find out for yourself.
The program begins at 8 a.m. EDT and concludes with lunch at 12:30 p.m. It will be held at Moody Farms & Moody & Crew LLC in Steuben County. Call the SWCD at 260-665-3211.
Dan DeSutter, a long-time no-tiller and cover crops person, Attica, Ind., will also be on the program.
The final field day is Aug. 20 at Sudan Farms in Bartholomew County. Dan, Susan and Clint Arnholt operate the farm. They will share their experiences, and Barry Fisher will speak there as well.
The program begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT and concludes at 2:30 p.m. Call 812-378-1280.
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