Learn about soil at regional workshop


The Southern Region Soil Health Workshop is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at Cornerstone Hall, 1700 N. Jim Day Road, Salem.

The workshop will take a well-rounded look at the topic of soil health and include a variety of presentations from experts across the Midwest.

Advance registration for the event is required by Wednesday by contacting the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District at 812-883-3006, ext. 3.

The $10 workshop fee includes a light breakfast, lunch and informational handouts. Commercial applicator credits and certified crop adviser credits available at no additional cost. Private applicator credits are available for a $10 fee. Questions about credits may be directed to Danielle Walker at 812-883-4601.

Speakers include Phil Needham of Needham Ag Technologies LLC (Residue Management and Boosting Your Wheat Yields and Profits), Andrew Klopfenstein with Ohio State University (Soil Compaction: Tracks vs. Tires on 1000+ bu. Grain Carts), Don Robison with the Office of Indiana State Chemist (Existing Law for Certified Seed) and Danielle Walker with Purdue Extension Washington County (Drift Watch and Spray Drift Impact on Pollinators).

“The planning committee for this year’s meeting has recruited nationally known speakers in the world of a conservation cropping. To have this caliber of speakers so close to home is a rare opportunity for producers in south central Indiana,” said Ruth Hackman, Washington County district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

This will be the sixth year for this educational event, which reflects a growing public interest in soil health management practices.

It is organized by the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S.  Department of Agriculture — Natural Resources Conservation Service, Purdue Extension, Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, South Fork-Blue River Watershed Project and Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed Project.

The SWCD and partners are equal opportunity providers, and accommodations for those who need them will be provided by calling 812-883-3704, ext. 3, at least 10 days prior to the event.

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