(ST. LOUIS) The groundswell continues to grow for soil health as an on-farm business and environmental strategy, with more Nebraska farmers ready to take that first step. To help them learn from their peers and answer tough questions on adopting new ag practices, the Soil Health Partnership will host a field day in Shelby, Nebraska on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Practices that improve soil health are taking on elevated importance as a means to protect topsoil, helping farmers manage extreme weather, increase profitability, protect water quality and sequester carbon. These practices include reducing tillage, growing cover crops and adopting advanced nutrient management strategies.
The Sept. 6 event takes place 10 a.m. 12:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Shelby, and is hosted by SHP farmer Greg Whitmore. Field day topics will include:
Guest speaker Mike Zwingman, Verdesian Life Sciences
Nutrient management with cover crops
Managing for herbicide resistance
A guest weed specialist from University of Nebraska Lincoln
Soil Health Partnership update
As interest in soil health as an on-farm strategy continues to grow, our farmer-partners make our best teachers for sharing good soil health practices with their peers, said Jacob Ness, western Iowa and Nebraska field manager for SHP. Our field days are designed to encourage farmer networking and sharing information on these emerging soil health practices, and the results theyve seen.
The field day includes a complimentary lunch for registrants. To register or for a list of field days in Iowa and other Midwestern states, visit www.soilhealthpartnership.org.
An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and well-known environmental groups toward common goals.