Indiana has long been recognized as a leader in soil health, visibly evident by widespread adoption of cropping systems that reduce soil disturbance, maximize residue, increase diversity and provide continuous living roots.
Indiana's leadership was recently recognized by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) by a decision to move their summer board meetings to the landscape after 10-12 years of location in Washington, DC. In 2014, the meeting will be held in Indianapolis. According to Earl Garber, NACD president, Indiana is "on the forefront and cutting edge of soil health."
Given Indiana's trailblazing status in the field of conservation, it is not surprising that many of Indiana's conservation professionals and producers have moved beyond a basic understanding of soil health and how it relates to their operation and management recommendations. The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) is excited to partner with the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, as well as, the local Soil & Water Conservation Districts to offer advanced level courses for those ready to take the next step on their journey to soil health.
An Advanced Cropping Systems workshop is offered to farmers, landowners, and their advisors on March 18th, hosted by Bowman Farms in southern Wabash County. The workshop location is 7382 East 800 South, LaFontaine, and will start at 8:30 a.m.
This workshop will include sessions on:
*nutrient management in no-till/strip-till systems
*discussion of management strategies, including selection of shorter-season crops, potential herbicide impacts, pest scouting considerations, and grazing impacts
*hands-on review of equipment modifications
*setting up on-farm trials to help with management decisions
"We're hoping to attract a number of agronomists, seed dealers, and fertilizer plant managers in addition to farmers. After all, it's not just farmers who are highly involved in management strategies. We feel it's important to provide those professionals with the same information and content as their clients." Lisa Holscher, CCSI Soil Health Program Manager
CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors and CCH credits for Commercial Pesticide Applicators will be available. There is a registration fee of $10, which includes your lunch, and registration is open until Friday March 14th. Information and registration links are all available on CCSI's website at ccsin.iaswcd.org/?page_id=655 or by calling the Wabash County SWCD at 260-563-7486 ext. 3.