June 21, 2018
Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska Extension will host a clinic on July 18 for the public to learn more about the components of soil health. The training will take place at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) located near Mead.
According to Nebraska Extension Educator Keith Glewen, this outdoor training experience will be of value to home and acreage owners, farm operators and industry consultants.
“One of our objectives of this training is to communicate with participants the dynamics of the soil which includes 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 to be addressed 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 University of Nebraska- Lincoln 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://enre.unl.edu/crop.
This session is part of Nebraska Extension’s crop management diagnostic training. Other training includes the Midwest Soybean Production Clinic on Aug. 22 and the Midwest Corn Production Clinic on Aug. 23.