As you improve soil health, do you increase profitability? Farmers from across central Indiana are invited to hear experts in sustainable agriculture provide their answers to that question on August 30 at the Soil Health Workshop in West Lafayette. The Beck Center at Purdue’s Agronomy Center for Research and Education, West Lafayette, provides the setting for another dynamic workshop sponsored by the Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Howard and Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the Greater Wabash River Resource Conservation and Development Council.
Barry Fisher, Indiana NRCS State Soil Health Specialist and Dr. Hans Kok, from the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, start the day with the topic “Improve Soil Health – Increase Profitability.” Fisher also will discuss the “Timing of Cover Crop Termination.” “Fertilizer Requirements Following a Cover Crop” is an important topic that many farmers have questions about. Betsy Bower, Agronomist, CCA, and Jeff Nagel, Agronomist, CCA, Ceres Solutions, will be on hand to deliver this presentation at 10:10 a.m.
David R. Montgomery is the author of The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood (2012), Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations (2007), and King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon (2003). Dr. Montgomery’s presentation on “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations” begins at 11 a.m.*
Paul Marcellino will cover Private Applicator Recertification Program (PARP) recertification; Bruce and Mark Waibel, Solid Rock Farms, will demonstrate planter set-up; Christian Krupke, Purdue University Department of Entomology, will talk about insect identification and management; and Dr. Eileen Kladivko, Purdue University Department of Agronomy, brings the day full circle with a presentation on “testing biological aspects of soil health.”
Registration is $15 and includes lunch. The day begins at 8 a.m. (EDT). The Beck Center is located at 4540 U.S. 52, West Lafayette. Certified Crop Adviser (CCA), Continuing Certification Hour (CCH) and Private Applicator Recertification Program (PARP) credits have been requested.