Soil Health Training July 18 at ENREC

One of the objectives of the soil health training on July 18 is to communicate the dynamics of the soil which includes physical, chemical and biological properties.

Soil Health Training July 18 at ENREC June 27, 2018

Nebraska Extension is hosting a Soil Health Clinic Wednesday, July 18 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) near Mead.

The outdoor training experience is designed for home and acreage owners, farmers, and industry consultants, said Nebraska Extension Educator Keith Glewen. The clinic will cover soil dynamics, including physical, chemical and biological properties.

"Hopefully this information will aid urban and rural stewards of the soil to implement practices to improve soil health,” Glewen said.

Topics will include:

  • management considerations to improve soil health;
  • measuring bulk density, porosity, and infiltration and the impact on soil health;
  • the importance of physical soil properties on soil health;
  • cover crops and how they impact soil health;
  • soil biology and what you can do to change it;
  • soil characteristics, productivity and landscape position; and
  • chemical soil properties.

In addition to the hands-on experience, attendees will receive a resource notebook for future reference. Trainers include UNL faculty and resource personnel from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Participants will meet at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building at ENREC (formerly the Agricultural Research and Development Center).

A total of 6.5 Certified Crop Adviser credits in soil and water management have been applied for and are pending approval for this clinic.

Early registration is recommended to reserve a seat and resource materials. Cost is $95 for those registering one week in advance and $120 after. 

For more information or to register, contact the Nebraska Extension CMDC Programs, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE 68033, call (800) 529-8030, fax (402) 624-8010, e-mail cdunbar2@unl.edu or visit https://enre.unl.edu/crop.

This session is part of Nebraska Extension’s crop management diagnostic training. Other training opportunities include the Midwest Soybean Production Clinic on Aug. 22 and the Midwest Corn Production Clinic on Aug. 23.