Aug. 12 Soil Health Field Day Promotes Agricultural Evolution

 
Soil Health Partnership hosts Harlan event to share environmental, economic benefits of best practices
 
(ST. LOUIS) – Providing food, fuel and fiber for a growing population without harming resources for future generations is one of agriculture’s greatest challenges. But the nation’s farmers are a resourceful lot, with many embracing innovative technology and practices to achieve ambitious strides.
 
The Soil Health Partnership hopes to share ideas fueling this farming evolution with producers throughout the Midwest, and will host a soil health field day in Harlan, Ind. on Wed., August 12. 
 
SHP farmers Carrie and Ryan Sanders are hosting the field day at the Roemke farm in Harlan, Ind. from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The event takes place on their farm at 12125 State Route 101, Harlan, Ind. 
 
The field day will demonstrate how changing certain practices can create lasting environmental benefits while possibly increasing farm productivity and even income. Featured topics will include:

  • Soil testing for soil health
  • Why and how to use cover crops on prevent plant acres?
  • What do cover crops mean for crop insurance?
  • Do I need to worry about herbicide carryover for cover crop establishment?
  • Hands-on demonstration with cover crop planting equipment
An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and well-known environmental groups toward common goals.
 
“We encourage sound soil practices combined with scientific quantification of results from farmers taking positive actions,” said Nick Goeser, SHP director.  “Improved crop productivity, environmental gains and economic growth are all benefits of progressive soil management strategies.”
 
Please pre-register by August 10 for the event by contacting Krista Voors, Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District, 260-484-5848 extension 3, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
 
About the Soil Health Partnership: The Soil Health Partnership brings together diverse partner organizations including commodity groups, federal agencies, universities and environmental groups to work toward the common goal of improving soil health. Over a five-year period, the SHP will identify, test and measure farm management practices that improve soil health and benefit farmers. We believe the results of this farmer-led project will provide a platform for sharing peer-to-peer information, and lend resources to benefit agricultural sustainability and profitability. An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, we provide the spark for greater understanding and implementation of agricultural best practices to protect resources for future generations. For more, visit soilhealthpartnership.org.