Why is soil quality important to you as a farmer? Attend the first ever soil quality workshop in Indiana, at least the first carrying that name, and Dan DeSutter, an Indiana farmer, will tell you. He's one of the speakers at the first of two, back-to-back workshops. The first is in Tipton County on Sept. 1. The second is Wabash County on Sept 2.
Barry Fisher, natural resource conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, promotes these conferences as a way to get a different twist on the no-till vs. tillage debate. He's inviting people to come hear not only from farmers, but from specialist who work with soils, and learn first-hand how soil quality can affect crop performance. You'll also pick up tips on how to achieve the kind of soil quality you desire on your farm.
One key speaker is Ray Archuleta, coming from North Carolina to talk about the importance of soil aggregates. He has spent his career as a conservation agronomist and is on the manure Management Team in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Mike Sucik, state soil scientist for natural resources in Iowa, comes east to talk about nitrogen credits. What is fair, and what determines how many credits you can expect to get from the previous crop on various types of soils? Does Iowa information transfer to Indiana situations? Learn this and more form Mike.
Hans Kok, coordinator of the Indiana Cropping Systems Initiative, will discuss soil compaction, and demonstrate it in soil pits. Both days have time reserved for actual demonstrations and observations in the field, weather permitting.
Fisher himself will talk about cover crops. He has invested a tremendous amount of time in learning how to perfect no-till systems, and he believes cover crops are part of the answer.
Lunch will be provided. Registration starts at 8:15, with the program beginning at 8:50 a.m. EDT in Tipton, and 8:30 a.m EDT in Wabash. The Tipton meeting starts at the Tipton County Fairgrounds south of town. The Wabash meeting begins at the Wabash REMC and moves to the Wabash County Farm later in the day.
Consult your local soil and water conservation district for more details.