by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County
Stewardship of the soil is a concern for farmers wanting to maximize yield. Preventing erosion, compaction issues and other soil factors play a role in long term profitability in our corn, soybean and wheat production systems. The Soil Health and Cover Crop Field Day scheduled for August 18th from 9:00 am until noon is an upcoming event designed to better understand soil factors and explore practices that can improve soils. The program will be held at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station-OARDC, 4240 Range Line Road, Custar, Ohio in Western Wood County.
The program features Ray Archuleta, NRCS Conservation Agronomist, Soil Quality Team, East National Technology Support Center Greensboro, NC who has gain a national reputation in soil quality factors and cover crop utilization. Additionally plots which have been under crop and tillage rotation studies since the 1960’s on the branch site will be highlighted. Additional speakers will highlight economics, water quality, nutrient cycling and increasing water holding capacity in soils during the 3.5 hour session.
The program cost is $15 and preregistration is requested by August 12th. Full program details and links to online registration can be found at http://agcrops.osu.edu/calendar. For more information you may call Greg LaBarge, OSU Extension Educator at 419-337-9210 or e-mail email@example.com.