A field day will dig into the subject of soil health with area farmers on Sept. 7. The Soil Health Partnership will showcase how changing nutrient management and tillage strategies, along with cover crop adoption, can create lasting environmental and even economic benefits.
“Hopefully farmers are hearing more about the importance of soil health, but we want them to know this goes deeper than just the latest fad,” said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership. “Farmers have a keen interest not only in making good yields, but in sustaining and preserving their land for generations to come. Improving soil health can help them with both objectives.”
The field day takes place in two locations on Sept. 7:
10:00 — 11:45 a.m.
Central Valley Ag
340 Oak Street
Shelby, NE 68662
12:15 — 2:15 p.m.
Field demonstration at the farm of Greg Whitmore
Intersection of T and Highway 92 near Shelby
Protecting and improving soil is one of the single most effective options for carbon mitigation, Goeser said. When farmers rejuvenate their soil, it stores carbon more effectively. Healthy soil also protects waterways from nutrient leaching—holding nitrogen in the soil for the next crop year.
Hosted by Whitmore, a farmer enrolled in the Partnership, the field day will cover:
- Discussion on practical methods to improving soil, led by Dr. Goeser, an agronomist
- Presentation from the company AgSolver on precision business management
- Cover crops—termination, early season vigor, herbicide interactions and what is working locally
- Strip-till demonstrations and equipment
- Late-season nutrient management
- A soil pit to observe cover crop root growth and soil properties
Farmers, land owners and community members can engage in hands-on learning and group discussions at the event. The Nebraska Corn Board and Corn Growers Association will provide updates and lunch will be served. For more details or to register, visit SoilHealthPartnership.org.