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Check Your Soil Quality

Check Your Soil Quality

Register the Sept. 12 or Sept. 13 U-M Soil Quality Workshop, bring a "good" and "poor" soil sample for testing, and view soil pits showing healthy/unhealthy soil.

What does soil quality mean? Why is it so important? How do we measure it and how can we impact soil quality with our management practices?

Hear experts from the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, and the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service answer these questions and more at the Soil Quality Workshop.

This program will be held at two locations: Monday, September 12, at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, and Tuesday, September 13, at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca.

Each workshop will start with check-in at 8 .a.m. with the program running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by U-M Extension, The Ohio State University, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Speakers include: Deborah Allen, U-M soil scientist; Don Reicosky, retired soil scientist with the USDA-ARS; George Derringer, resource soil scientist with the USDA-NRCS; Jim Hoorman, OSU cover crops and water quality specialist; Jeff Vetsch, U-M assistant scientist in soils; Jodi DeJong-Hughes, U-M Extension educator in crops;  Rafiq Islam, OSU research scientist; and Randall Reed, OSU Extension ag engineer.

Participants are asked to bring along two dry soil samples, one of a "good" soil and one of a "poor" soil that they will analyze at the workshop using a soil quality field test. Participants will also see soil pits comparing "good" and "poor" soil.

While this program is targeted to educators, ag professionals, and agency personnel, growers are also welcome to attend. There is a nominal fee for attending to help cover program costs ($20 by Sept 2, $30 after), while the total fee is $75 for those attendees wishing to have continuing education credits processed; 7.5 CEUs have been applied for (6.5 soil and water credits and 1.0 crop management credits).

Registration is open until Wednesday, September 7. Space is limited. To register for the Morris location, go to

To register for the Waseca location, go to

To see a complete agenda and for further details, visit

Questions? Contact the Worthington Regional Extension Office/Liz Stahl at 507-372-3900 or

TAGS: USDA Extension
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