Soil Health Workshops and hands-on field labs Sept. 12-14 invite growers to learn how to examine soil biota and gauge economic returns from changing their practices. Speaking at all three is Jimmy Emmons, a no-till farmer and rancher from Oklahoma.
A Soil Health NRCS Demonstration Farm Field Day will be held Aug. 23 near Stanton on the Loren Pestel Farm. Cover crops, wheat production, a field tour, and cost-share programs are all on the agenda as experts from NRCS, Nebraska Extension, and private industry share their latest findings.
Fields that were hailed, flooded, windblown, or where planting was prevented this season can benefit from the many soil services provided by cover crops. In addition a growing cover crop can help reduce erosion from water and wind and may help protect soil moisture levels.
The Soil Health Nexus is conducting a short survey to better understand your soil health challenges. Which benefits of soil health are most important to you? What practices do you use to improve soil health? Water quality? Sharing your insights can help them develop information resources to better meet your needs.
For many people the definition of soil health depends on their perspective and use of the soil. While definitions can vary widely, there are four common practices that everyone should consider to ensure healthy soil biota.
Soil health, cover crops, manure use, and grazing annual forages (cover crops) will be among the topics at the Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference Monday, March 5 in Syracuse. Registrations are due by Feb. 27.