Nebraska Extension will hold 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 located near Mead, Nebraska.
According to Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator, this outdoor training experience will be of value to home and acreage owners, farm operators and industry consultants. Glewen says, “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.”
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 the University’s Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (formerly the Agricultural Research and Development Center) near Mead, Nebraska.
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 email@example.com or visit the Web at 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.