Soil health is vital to a farmer's operation and the environment. That is why the Soil Health Partnership was formed by National Corn Growers with support from the Walton Family Foundation and Monsanto.
"The health of a farm depends on the health of its soil, and that's what makes this new program an important one for our organization," said NCGA President Martin Barbre, during the program's launch in February. "We developed the Soil Health Partnership with our partners to help our growers be the best farmers they can be, and ensure that their farmland remains valuable and productive for future generations."
The Soil Health Partnership will hold its first Indiana field day on Nov. 18. Corn farmers Brent Bible and Brandon Mosely will host area growers, soil health experts and neighbors at the Darlington Conservation Club, 6342 North 700 East in Darlington, Ind.
The morning agenda includes an update of Indiana Corn Growers Association and Marketing Board research and programs pertaining to soil health.
In addition to getting information about what techniques work for Brent Bible and Brandon Mosely on their farms, participants will hear about new technologies and management practices for improved soil health from farmer Mike Shuter and consultants Dave Swaim and Brad Brubaker. Brock Farrell of Crop Protection Services also will present information on advanced nutrient management practices.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., regardless of weather conditions. Registration will occur on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m., and a continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be served to participants.
"Helping farmers understand what management practices help build healthy soils is a priority for this partnership, and important for everyone in the long run," said Eilieen Kladivko of Purdue University. "I'm happy to be able to offer expertise to help farmers become even better stewards of the environment."
For the most current listing of Soil Health Partnership field days and locations, visit the program website.
The opinions of Jennifer Campbell are not necessarily those of Indiana Prairie Farmer or the Penton Farm Progress Group.