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Steve Berger, Wellman, Iowa, digs a clump of soil on his farm. He hosted a field day in August. (Click image for larger view.)
Field Manager Hans Kok shows attendees soil health from a soil pit at a field day in Fairbury, IL. The event was held in conjunction with Livingston County SWCD.
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Soil Health Field Days Yield Great Turnout in Midwest
After 40 events in eight states, the Soil Health Partnership field days are coming to an end for this growing season. Hosted mostly by farmers enrolled in the program, and often cooperating with local groups, these field days have spread the word about cover crops, reduced tillage and advanced nutrient management to more than 1,500 attendees this year.
“I’m so encouraged to see the interest from farmers taking time to attend these events and learn from their peers about advanced agriculture practices,” said SHP Director Nick Goeser. “Next year, we hope to add even more field days, while still keeping them informative and relevant for every level of interest.”
Subjects covered varied by event, but often included:
Goeser noted that there are occasional winter and spring field days in select locations. Those dates will be released on the SHP website, through social media and the newsletter.
An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership brings together diverse partner organizations including commodity groups, federal agencies, universities and environmental groups to work toward the common goal of improving soil health.