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Soil Health Workshop Planned in Central Iowa

BOONE, Iowa – A soil health workshop will be held Aug. 4 at Iowa State University’s Field Education Lab, southwest of Ames.

Participants will learn how to assess soil health and communicate more effectively on soil health topics. They will also have the opportunity to network and learn from new and seasoned soil health professionals from across the state and become more knowledgeable and confident in discussing soil health information.

Topics will include the relationship between current fertility testing and soil health, the science of using cover crops for weed control, and assessing soil health under the microscope.

“This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about management practices that affect soil health,” said Brian Dougherty, agricultural field engineer at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “People will be able to see how what’s happening in the world hidden below our feet affects productivity and profit.”

The sessions will provide classroom and hands-on learning opportunities for extension and outreach specialists from Iowa State University, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, watershed coordinators, agronomists and others interested in soil health. Farmers and landowners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This program is eligible for Certified Crop Advisor credits. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and check-in, and ends at 3:30 p.m.

Guest speakers from Iowa State include Antonio Mallarino, Professor of Agronomy and Extension Specialist at Iowa State; Meaghan Anderson, ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist; and Matt Woods, agronomist at Iowa State. Professionals from the NRCS will also be presenting, along with a lunchtime presentation by Ryan Gibbs of Gibbsfield Ag.

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For more information, contact Dougherty at 563-583-6496, ext. 125, or [email protected] For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation, or questions about your registration status, contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or [email protected]

Shareable photo: Soil health check.